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Tory election betting probe: ‘Totally unacceptable’ if guidelines damaged says Welsh secretary

The inquiry into bets on the date of the final election has been widened with bookmakers being requested to offer particulars on all bets over £20.

The Gambling Commission is believed to have written to main bookmakers to get info on bets positioned days earlier than Rishi Sunak introduced the election would happen on 4 July.

The watchdog’s early investigation has additionally reportedly dropped at mild “many more people”, and it’s now taking a look at bets made within the days earlier than Mr Sunak gave the date of the election on 22 May.

Former cupboard ministers have pointed the blame at Mr Sunak for the scandal, whereas others have known as for these investigated to be suspended if discovered responsible.

On Saturday night time, The Sunday Times reported that Tory knowledge chief Nick Mason was being investigated, turning into the fourth Conservative to be probed on the problem. Mr Mason denies any wrongdoing.

Home Secretary James Cleverly stated he had no information of ministers putting bets on the timing of the election.

“My view has always been the case that people in government should focus on delivering for the people of this country.”

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Johnson slams ‘morally repugnant’ Farage over Putin feedback

Boris Johnson has accused Nigel Farage of a “morally repugnant” repetition of Vladimir Putin’s justification for the invasion of Ukraine.

The former prime minister, who has championed the UK’s help of Ukraine, accused the Reform UK chief of spreading “Kremlin propaganda”.

Mr Farage stated he was not an “apologist” for the Russian president however “what I have been saying for the past 10 years is that the West has played into Putin’s hands, giving him the excuse to do what he wanted to do anyway”.

Responding to these feedback, Mr Johnson shot again: “Nobody provoked Putin. Nobody ‘poked the bear with a stick’.

“The people of Ukraine voted overwhelmingly in 1991 to be a sovereign and independent country.

“They were perfectly entitled to seek both Nato and EU membership. There is only one person responsible for Russian aggression against Ukraine – both in 2014 and 2022 – and that is Putin.

“To try to spread the blame is morally repugnant and parroting Putin’s lies.”

Former prime minister Boris Johnson criticised Nigel Farage (Andrew Boyers/PA)
Former prime minister Boris Johnson criticised Nigel Farage (Andrew Boyers/PA) (PA Wire)

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/general-election-2024-sunak-starmer-betting-scandal-b2567559.html