Sir Keir Starmer Accuses PM Rishi Sunak of Delaying Action on Election Gambling Scandal Involving Tory Candidates in UK Politics

Sir Keir Starmer has accused Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of being coerced into addressing the election gambling scandal, following revelations that a Tory candidate placed an £8,000 bet on himself to lose.

The Labour leader criticized Sunak for delaying the suspension of Craig Williams and Laura Saunders, despite ongoing investigations by the Gambling Commission.

Allegations and Responses

During a televised election debate, Sir Keir lambasted Sunak, claiming political ethics have eroded in recent years.

He emphasized swift action in suspending his own party’s candidate, contrasting it with what he described as Sunak’s reluctant response under pressure.

Tory Candidate’s Wager

The controversy escalated when it was reported that Tory candidate Sir Philip Davies bet £8,000 against himself winning his Shipley constituency.

Davies, married to cabinet minister Esther McVey, defended his actions, asserting the legality of his bet while refusing to confirm its specifics.

Police Involvement and Investigations

Meanwhile, The Sun reported that the Metropolitan Police might take over the investigation from the Gambling Commission due to the scandal’s complexity.

Several Conservative figures, including Sunak’s aide and the party’s director of campaigning, are under scrutiny alongside Labour’s own candidate, Kevin Craig.

Political Fallout

The scandal has prompted broader questions about political accountability and the ethical standards expected of candidates.

Both major parties are grappling with the fallout, with Labour and the Conservatives each facing internal investigations and public scrutiny.


As the election date approaches, the gambling scandal continues to cast a shadow over UK politics, highlighting issues of integrity and transparency within the electoral process.

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