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Constable working in PM’s protection team arrested over alleged election bets

19 Jun 2024 2 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (right) and parliamentary candidate for Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey. Photo James Manning/PA Wire

A police constable working as part of the Prime Minister’s protection team has been arrested over alleged bets made related to the timing of the General Election.

The Metropolitan Police said the officer was taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

Gambling Commission

In a statement, the force said it was informed by the Gambling Commission that a police constable from the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command was being investigated over the alleged bets.

Police said the matter was immediately referred to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and the officer was also removed from operational duties.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), who said they will “make a decision on the level of IOPC involvement in due course”.

Investigation

The Gambling Commission is leading the investigation into the alleged betting offences, which is running parallel to the Met’s probe.

In a statement, the Gambling Commission said: “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.”

According to the Crown Prosecution Service’s website, misconduct in a public office “concerns serious wilful abuse or neglect of the power or responsibilities”.

Those who can be accused of the offence include judges, bishops, MPs, civil servants, army officers, prison staff and police constables.

Rishi Sunak previously said it was “very disappointing” that one of his closest aides and the current Conservative candidate for Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr in Wales, Craig Williams, had allegedly placed a bet on the date of the General Election.

Mr Williams, who was the Tory MP for Montgomery until the election was called, is alleged to have placed a £100 bet on a July polling day some three days before Mr Sunak named the date as July 4, at a Ladbrokes in his constituency.

He previously said he had clearly made a “huge error of judgment” but refused to say whether he placed a bet on the basis of insider information.


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
25 days ago

Usually when rats flee a sinking ship they don’t place bets on when the ship will sink and where. Obviously I’m wrong. Conservatives rodents are a breed apart aren’t they.

cablestreet
cablestreet
25 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

More to the point, who gave them the tip off? I know who my money’s on,. Oops!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
25 days ago

The Fat Shanks Effect…him who has just legged it…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
25 days ago

The Home Office; who are they working for this time, seems they’ve been turning a blind eye for some time…

Fat Shanks gives them the slip and Sunak finds a price on his head rather than a red dot…

“You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand…you try so hard but you don’t understand…do you Mr Sunak” BD

Last edited 25 days ago by Mab Meirion
Ap Kenneth
Ap Kenneth
25 days ago

So why has one been arrested and not the other?

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
25 days ago

Corruption is weaved through the uk from the very top to the very bottom. The only way to cleanse it is to flatten all that exists and rebuild after establishing a written constitution and an elected head of state!

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
25 days ago

When are the 2 Tory candidates being investigated going to be arrested?

I’m not holding my breath!

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