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Tories withdraw support from candidates accused of election betting

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Rishi Sunak has withdrawn Conservative support for two Tory candidates linked to allegations of betting on the election date.

After standing by Craig Williams and Laura Saunders for several days, Sunak pulled the plug on the candidates on Tuesday morning, amid growing pressure from Labour and some senior Tories to do so.

The Conservative party issued a statement that said: “As a result of ongoing internal enquiries, we have concluded that we can no longer support Craig Williams or Laura Saunders as parliamentary candidates at the forthcoming general election.

“We have checked with the Gambling Commission that this decision does not compromise the investigation that they are conducting, which is rightly independent and ongoing.”

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2024-06-25 05:47:33

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