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The allegations of election date betting has made Rishi Sunak “incredibly angry”


 

The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, expressed he is “incredibly angry” upon learning that three of his party’s colleagues were under investigation for reportedly putting bets on an early general election announcement.

The party’s campaign director took a leave of absence on yet another eventful day for the ruling Conservatives, due to a probe concerning wagers made on the vote’s timing prior to its announcement.

“I was incredibly angry to learn of these allegations. It’s a really serious matter. It’s right that they’re being investigated properly,” Sunak said during a televised debate. “I want to be crystal clear that if anyone has broken the rules, they should face the full force of the law.”

After 14 years of Conservative governance, polls show Britain is about to elect a center-left Labour government led by Keir Starmer. Meanwhile, some polls predict Sunak’s party may suffer a historic setback.

The latest blow to Sunak’s collapsing attempts to remain in Downing Street comes with the claims that a second Conservative candidate was under investigation by Britain’s gambling regulator and may have tried to profit from their political knowledge of the election dates.

The candidate, Laura Saunders, is running to represent Bristol North West in parliament. The BBC identified her and said that her husband, Tony Lee, the campaign director, is also under investigation.

The director of campaigning for the Conservative Party “took a leave of absence” on Wednesday, the party had earlier announced.

If someone is found to have breached the regulations, Sunak warned they will be “booted out” of the party and face “full consequences of the law.”

It was impossible to get in touch with Lee or Saunders for comments, and the gaming authority withheld the identities of individuals it was looking into. Using insider information to place bets is illegal.

Before the election was formally announced, one of the candidates gambled on the date of July 4. They have already issued an apology.

(Soruce: Cyprus Mail)


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