Fourth Tory official under investigation for election betting

Conservative Party Under Scrutiny

A report from The Sunday Times has revealed that a senior Conservative Party official is currently under investigation by the Gambling Commission for allegedly placing numerous bets on the date of the general election. These wagers could potentially result in substantial winnings.

Multiple Conservatives Under Investigation

Aside from the aforementioned official, the BBC has previously reported that two Conservative election candidates and another party official are also being looked into. Laura Saunders and Craig Williams have both confirmed being subjects of the investigation.

Allegations and Denials

Accusations of gambling on the election date initially surfaced against Craig Williams, one of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s close aides. Williams admitted to a “huge error of judgment” but declined to comment on whether the bet was based on insider information.

Unfolding Investigation

The Gambling Commission is currently probing potential offenses related to the election date. Little information has been disclosed, as the investigation is ongoing and details remain confidential.

Call for Suspension

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have urged for the suspension of Conservative candidates involved in the controversy. The Liberal Democrats specifically called for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to initiate a Cabinet Office inquiry into the matter.

Police Officer’s Involvement

In another twist, a police officer from the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command has been arrested for allegedly placing bets on the election’s timing. The officer is currently on bail as further investigations take place.

You can find a full list of candidates for the Bristol North West and Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr constituencies on the BBC News website.

Read More of this Story at – 2024-06-23 06:16:44

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