Senior Aide to Rishi Sunak Under Investigation by Gambling Commission

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Senior Aide to Rishi Sunak Under Investigation by Gambling Commission

In another setback for the Prime Minister a senior aide to Rishi Sunak has acknowledged that he is currently under investigation by the Gambling Commission. Craig Williams, a prominent Tory candidate and former Principal Private Secretary to Sunak, admitted to placing a bet on the date of the upcoming general election.

Williams, who is running for election in Montgomeryshire & Glyndwr, took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to address the situation. In his statement, he said: “I’ve been contacted by a journalist about Gambling Commission inquiries into one of my accounts and thought it best to be totally transparent. I put a flutter on the general election some weeks ago. This has resulted in some routine inquiries, and I confirm I will fully cooperate with these. I don’t want to be a distraction from the campaign, I should have thought through how it looked.”

Senior Aide To Rishi Sunak Under Investigation By Gambling Commission

The issue arose after it was revealed that Williams placed a £100 bet on a July election just three days before Prime Minister Sunak announced 4 July as the official date. The Guardian reported this information.

A Conservative Party spokesperson acknowledged the situation, stating, “We are aware of contact between a Conservative candidate and the Gambling Commission. It is a personal matter for the individual in question. As the Gambling Commission is an independent body, it wouldn’t be proper to comment further, until any process is concluded.”

The Gambling Commission, maintaining its usual stance on ongoing investigations, neither confirmed nor denied the specifics of the inquiry. A spokesperson from the Commission remarked, “If someone uses confidential information in order to gain an unfair advantage when betting, this may constitute an offence of cheating under Section 42 of the Gambling Act, which is a criminal offence.”

This development casts a shadow over Williams’ campaign, as he faces the dual challenge of clearing his name and maintaining focus on his electoral goals. As the investigation progresses, the political ramifications could become more pronounced, especially given the high-profile nature of his previous role within the Prime Minister’s office.

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