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A former Tory MP has referred to as the alleged betting scandal gripping his get together a “kick in the guts”.

Several Conservatives are underneath investigation by the Gambling Commission for allegedly betting on the timing of the election earlier than the date had been introduced.

Giles Watling, a Tory candidate, mentioned: “It’s a kick in the guts. Anytime anything happens over the last seven years while I’ve been an MP, it’s not just the Conservative Party. Somebody in the political sphere does something idiotic and brings us all down and loses any sense of kind of respect. We’ve lost a lot of respect in the political classes generally across the board, and this is just another one.

“Yes, of course, this one hits the Conservative Party because it seems to be Conservative politicians at this time. If you have 650 people [MPs]you’ll always have a couple of fools amongst them who go and do something really stupid like this.”

Home Secretary James Cleverly mentioned this morning he has “no reason to believe” any of his cupboard colleagues positioned bets on the timing of the final election.

The Conservative Party’s chief information officer has taken a depart of absence amid claims he positioned bets con the timing of the final election.

It is known that Nick Mason has taken a depart of absence after changing into the newest Tory to be investigated by the Gambling Commission. He denies wrongdoing.

The newest allegations had been printed by The Sunday Times, which claimed dozens of bets had been positioned with potential winnings price hundreds of kilos.

The revelations are a recent blow to Rishi Sunak’s hopes of getting the Tory election marketing campaign on observe after three different Conservative figures had been caught up within the scandal.

Tony Lee, the get together’s director of campaigns, and his spouse Laura Saunders, are underneath investigation by the Commission.

Ms Saunders, a Conservative candidate within the Bristol North West constituency, has mentioned she is going to co-operate totally with the investigation.

Craig Williams, who was the Prime Minister’s parliamentary personal secretary and is the Conservative candidate for Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr, has admitted to placing “a flutter” on the date of the election and can be dealing with a probe.

Michael Gove, the Housing Secretary, has condemned the newest stories, and likened the controversy to partygate.

“It looks like one rule for them and one rule for us,” he informed the Sunday Times, including: “That’s the most potentially damaging thing.”

Mr Gove went on to counsel it was “just not acceptable” for these in a “privileged position” near the Prime Minister to make use of what he described as “inside information to make additional money for yourself”.

He added: “You are, in effect, securing an advantage against other people who are betting entirely fairly and without that knowledge. So if these allegations are true, it’s very difficult to defend.”