What are your chances? Top Labour MPs were given free bets from betting companies to watch Euro 2020 games.
AFTER receiving complimentary tickets worth thousands of pounds from betting companies, a pair of key Labour MPs watched Euro 2020 matches.
Toby Perkins, the shadow skills minister, accepted a £3,457 ticket from Entain, the Gibraltar-based sports betting business that owns Ladbrokes, to watch England face Denmark in the semi-final. Meanwhile, opposition whip Mark Tami purchased a £1,961 ticket to witness England play Germany from Power Leisure bookmakers.
According to the official register of interests, the couple were among nine MPs who accepted free hospitality from betting and gaming organizations to attend Euro 2020 football events.
The remaining seven were all Conservatives, including previous leadership contender Esther McVey.
The former work and pensions secretary, like Mr Perkins, paid £3,457 for a ticket to England against Denmark, which saw Gareth Southgate’s young lions triumph after an extra-time goal by captain Harry Kane.
Scott Benton, the MP for Blackpool South, accepted nearly £8,000 in hospitality to watch England play, as well as complimentary tickets to Wimbledon and Royal Ascot.
Power Leisure provided three Tory MPs, Graham Stuart, Stuart Andrew, and Ben Bradley, with tickets to England v Germany at Wembley and hospitality valued at £1,961.
Ms McVey accepted her goodies from Entain, which included a £3,457 ticket and hospitality package for England v Denmark and a £1,100 Wimbledon ticket.
Entain extended the same kind of hospitality to her husband, Tory MP Philip Davies.
Laurence Robertson, the Tewkesbury Tory MP, claimed three distinct gifts from gambling businesses and an industry association.
He had a £3,457 package from Entain for the England v Denmark match; £2,800 in Royal Ascot hospitality from the Betting and Gaming Council; and a £300 event at Sandown racecourse organized by Coral bookies.
Mr Benton received the greatest overall value of hospitality, receiving a £1,537.60 ticket to England v Czech Republic from Gamesys, an online casino and bingo operator.
He also collected £1,400 in hospitality from the Betting and Gaming Council, £1,400 in Wimbledon tickets from Entain, and £3,457 in hospitality from Entain for England v Denmark.
The report comes as the government is under pressure to impose additional curbs on gambling and betting sector advertising.
The Gambling Act is currently undergoing a full overhaul.
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