Senior Conservative Official Steps Aside in UK Election Betting Scandal

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Updated: 3:07 AM, Mon June 24, 2024

London: A second senior Conservative official has stood aside amid an election betting scandal that has engulfed Britain’s ruling party just two weeks from polling day.

Nick Mason, the Tories’ chief data officer, has taken a leave of absence from his role 11 days from the July 4 election as the regulator probes his possible use of privileged information to bet on the vote, several British media outlets reported.

The betting scandal has dealt a heavy blow to the Conservatives as they battle to revive its struggling campaign ahead of the vote. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing severe criticism over his handling of the saga, as calls grow for him to suspend party figures who are being probed by the Gambling Commission.

The revelation was first reported by The Sunday Times which claimed dozens of bets had been placed with potential winnings worth thousands of pounds. The watchdog was also reported to have widened its inquiries to investigate whether people with inside knowledge may have asked a third party to place a bet for them.

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Siddharth Mehta
Siddharth Mehta
Siddharth Mehta is a dedicated author at The Reportify who covers the intricate world of politics. With a deep interest in current affairs and political dynamics, Siddharth provides insightful analysis, updates, and perspectives in the Politics category. He can be reached at siddharth@thereportify.com for any inquiries or further information.

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