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Rishi Sunak has been blasted as a hypocrite after waging a £1,000 wager with Piers Morgan over whether or not deportations to Rwanda will start earlier than the General Election.

Being interviewed by Mr Morgan on TalkTV this afternoon, the journalist mentioned his “grim prediction” is that the flagship border management plan won’t work.

He wagered: “I’ll bet you £1,000 to a refugee charity you don’t get anybody on those planes before the election. Will you take that bet?”

The Prime Minister emphasised he does wish to get unlawful migrants on the plans and is “working incredibly hard” to get them off the runway. The duo shook palms as Mr Morgan repeated “£1,000”.

While the wager drew widespread criticism from opposition events and left-wingers against the Rwanda coverage, it’s now sparked accusations of hypocrisy given the Government’s personal playing laws.

The free market Institute for Economic Affairs suppose tank used the second to spotlight private privateness issues from the nanny state laws.

The IEA’s Head of Lifestyle, Chris Snowdon, mentioned: “It’s fine for Rishi Sunak to make a private £1,000 bet with Piers Morgan but under the government’s forthcoming anti-gambling laws, anyone placing a bet with an online bookmaker for the same amount would face intrusive affordability checks”.

“No doubt Mr Sunak would easily pass such a check but many ordinary punters will be uncomfortable sharing their private information just for the privilege of spending their own money.”

The Racing Post defined that the £1,000 stake could be sufficient to see the loser face an “enhanced financial check, due to the new £1,000 threshold for ‘binge gambling’.

Anyone who loses the sum within 24 hours faces such a check. According to the Government’s white paper, the enhanced financial checks assess “whether a customer’s level of spend is likely to be harmful to them”.

It additionally features a overview of their monetary information, and will require Mr Sunak to supply financial institution statements and P60s.

The Lib Dems had been humiliated this afternoon after attempting to get Mr Sunak in bother with the House of Commons speaker over the controversial wager.

MP Alistair Carmichael requested the Chair to verify whether or not the PM must declare the £1,000 wager in his register of pursuits.

The deputy speaker bluntly identified: “I suspect that if every member of parliament who placed a bet on anything was required to register it in the book of members’ interests, the book might be rather full!”

“Nice try, but that is not a matter for the chair.”