United Kingdom, betting scandal breaks out in Tory home on election date | EUROtoday

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For the Conservative Party, the march in the direction of the early elections on 4 July more and more dangers turning right into a path in the direction of a Caporetto of historic dimensions. In the Tory family, the scandal of bets positioned by some members of Parliament with confidential data on the precise date of the elections, which is set independently by the prime minister, broke out with explosive impact.

According to what the BBC experiences, some conservative MPs near Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have in truth positioned bets on the date of the elections by profiting from confidential information: that is the case of Craig Williams, candidate for Parliament and parliamentary assistant to the Prime Minister who wager 100 kilos on the date of returning to the polls a number of days earlier than Sunak's official announcement. Once information of the Gambling Commission's investigation into him grew to become public, Williams admitted he had made “a huge error of judgement” and had been “tipped off” concerning the election date.

But Williams isn't the one one. The Tory candidate Laura Sanders, who not too long ago labored within the Conservative Party headquarters and is the spouse of Tony Lee, the Conservative Party's election marketing campaign director, additionally ended up underneath the scrutiny of the fee's investigators. And based on the newest revelations from the BBC, Lee himself is underneath investigation, information which explains why the latter determined to take a interval of absence simply two weeks earlier than the elections. “We have been contacted by the Gambling Commission regarding a small number of individuals,” a Conservative Party spokesperson mentioned. As the Gambling Commission is an unbiased physique, it will not be acceptable to remark additional till the trial has concluded.”

But it's not just politicians who have succumbed to the lure of an easy bet. Last night the Metropolitan Police confirmed that an officer in Sunak's protection team had been suspended and subsequently arrested as part of an investigation into alleged gambling linked to the timing of the general election. What makes the situation almost comical is the timing linked to the latest electoral message published on X by the conservatives which invites voters not to bet on Labor because you never win. An own goal that forced the election campaign managers to immediately withdraw the post.

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(Il Sole 24 Ore Radiocor)