Third Person Linked to Conservative Party Investigated Over Election Betting

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Third Person Linked to Conservative Party Investigated Over Election Betting

Laura Saunders, the Conservative candidate for Bristol North West, is under investigation by the Gambling Commission amid allegations of betting on the election date. The investigation has expanded to include her husband, Tony Lee, the Conservative Party’s director of campaigning.

Third Person Linked To Conservative Party Investigated Over Election Betting

The Conservative Party acknowledged the Gambling Commission’s inquiry, stating it concerns “a small number of individuals.” Cabinet minister Michael Gove, in an interview with Sky News, confirmed that two individuals are currently under investigation by the commission. “It is deeply disturbing that people may have been betting on the date of the election,” Gove said. However, he emphasised that such instances are “the exception rather than the rule.”

This development follows the arrest and suspension of a close protection officer for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak over similar allegations. Additionally, Craig Williams, the Prime Minister’s parliamentary aide, is also being investigated for betting on a July election date.

A Gambling Commission spokesperson commented, “The Gambling Commission regulates gambling in the interests of consumers and the wider public. Currently, the commission is investigating the possibility of offences concerning the date of the election. This is an ongoing investigation, and the Commission cannot provide any further details at this time.”

The Conservative Party is grappling with these allegations as it navigates the scrutiny of both public opinion and regulatory oversight. The outcome of the investigation could have significant implications for the party’s internal dynamics and public perception.

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