Cameron to attend secretive Bilderberg conference (but will not say who he meets)07/06/2013 21:31
- Prime Minister will take part in a debate on the global economy
- Attendees include politicians, top business executives and royalty
- Meeting being held in Watford and Cameron invited as head of government
- But Downing Street say they will not give details of what is discussed
- No 10 forced to deny decision runs counter to transparency agenda
- Heavily-guarded event is the focus of conspiracy theorists
David Cameron is to attend a meeting of the secretive Bilderberg Group tonight - but will not say who he meets.
The Prime Minister will take part in a debate on the global economy with an unknown group of ministers, business leaders and academics from around the world.
But his attendance at the heavily-guarded event is certain to spark controversy after Mr Cameron once promised to lead the 'most open and transparent government in the world'.
Secret: David Cameron, pictured in Scotland today, is to attend the Bilderberg Group conference tonight, but Downing Street said it was a private meeting and will not say who he meets
Controversy: Protesters gathered to at vehicles arriving at the conference yesterday in protest at its secretive nature
Famous for being shrouded in secrecy, the Bilderberg conference is taking place in Britain for the first time since 1998 and conspiracy theorists believe this is where leaders plot world domination.
The huge police operation drafted in to monitor the four-day event in Watford, which has previously attracted mass demonstrations, could cost the British taxpayer as much as £2million or more, it has been claimed.
Mr Cameron is not due to give a speech but will take part in a discussion about 'domestic and global economic issues'.