Lord Paul Myners, the former City minister, in 2019 discussed taking a potentially lucrative job at Greensill Capital, a company he recently compared to a “Ponzi scheme”, according to emails disclosed on Tuesday.

Myners, a City grandee who previously chaired Marks and Spencer, has been a persistent public critic of Greensill, asking difficult questions of the now collapsed financial company.

Greensill is at the centre of an escalating political and business scandal involving lobbying by its former adviser David Cameron, British prime minister from 2010 to 2016, and its links to GFG Alliance, the metals group being probed by the Serious Fraud Office.

Myners appeared to respond in a broadly positive way in July 2019 when he met Lex Greensill, founder of the eponymous company, who invited him to join the board, according to the emails released by the House of Commons Treasury select committee.

The messages show Myners asked about what…

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