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They bet on the date of the UK election. They didn't get into parliament

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Last week, the ruling Conservative Party withdrew its support for several MP candidates, citing politicians they placed bets on the election date with bookmakers, before it was announced by the British Prime Minister.

They predicted that the British people would vote on July 4. Rishi Sunak called an election for that date, so suspicions arose that politicians could use confidential information. As it was too late to replace the candidates, all of them remained on the lists but ran in the elections as independents.

Politicians Bet on Election Date. They Lost Support from Their Parties

Craig Williamswho was Sunak's parliamentary secretary in the last term of the House of Commons and defended the seat in the Welsh constituency of Montgomeryshire in the election, received 18 percent of the vote and took third place. The new MP for this constituency is Steve Witherden from the Labour Party, which won a seat there for the first time.

Laura Saunders, who ran in the Bristol North West constituency, won 14 per cent of the vote, which was also only enough for third place, although she still stood little chance against defending Labour MP Darren Jones.

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On the other hand Kevin Craig from the Labour Party, who was running in the previously safe Conservative constituency of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, lost. He got 23 per cent of the vote and came second behind Conservative candidate Patrick Spencer.

Last week, an investigation into suspicious betting the police took over. Several other Conservative Party politicians and activists are also involved, as are several police officers from the unit responsible for personal protection of members of the government. The case was not a decisive factor, but it contributed to the Conservatives' heavy defeat in Thursday's election.

After the Conservatives lost, Sunak took responsibility for the party’s defeat and resigned as prime minister. Keir Starmer took over.

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