UK Gambling Commission expands election betting investigation

UK Gambling Commission expands election betting investigation

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UK Gambling Commission expands election betting investigation

The scope of the Gambling Commission‘s inquiry into UK politicians’ wagers on the general election has apparently expanded to include a second candidate. 

Bristol North West contender Laura Sanders placed a wager on the general election’s date last week, just like Craig Williams did. In a related story, a police officer in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s close protection team was suspended and taken into custody following a similar bet.

A spokesman for the Conservative party indicated that the Gambling Commission had contacted them on a group of people related to Sanders’ investigation.

The spokesperson added:

“As the Gambling Commission is an independent body, it wouldn’t be proper to comment further, until any process is concluded.”

The Gambling Commission notified the police force that it was looking into claims that a police constable from its royal and specialized protection command had placed bets. On Monday, the officer was detained and released on bond pending further inquiries after being apprehended on suspicion of misconduct in the police department.

The police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, is looking into the matter as well.

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