A government minister was warned against falling into the “elephant trap” of discussing the future of a major infrastructure project co-run by a leading Conservative donor and businessman, The Times has learnt. Claire Perry O’Neill, then energy minister, had a meeting on the Commons terrace with Alexander Temerko, previously a Russian energy company executive. A briefing note prepared ahead of the engagement urged her to “avoid getting into a discussion” of ministers’ views on the scheme. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced a month later that the Aquind Interconnector, a planned link between the British and French power grids, would be considered a “nationally significant infrastructure project”.
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