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Gambling Investigation in Parliament


7 Feb 2013

Philip Davies, a Tory MP and a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, is being investigated over serious allegations that he took more than £10,000 in benefits from various companies related to the gambling industry.

Davies is accuesed to not have reported the income correctly when he was conducting a lengthy investigation into the betting industry that lasted a year. The background to the case will be examined by the parliamentary commissioner for standards, Kathryn Hudson.

The complaints centre around 2 main issues; the first is that the MP was given an annual subscription, to the value of £4680, by Peninsula Business Services which is led by Peter Done, a co-founder of BetFred and who is a shareholder in their holding company. Although listed in the MP’s register Mr Davies did not declare this subscription to the select committee as he said it wasn’t relevant, coming from an employment agency rather than a gambling company.

The other issue was that in March 2011 he was a guest of Ladbrokes at the Cheltenham Festival and, although this was correctly recorded in the MP’s register, showing a value of £870, he did not mention this just 6 months later in a select committee session when questioning the chief executive of Ladbrokes, Richard Glynn.

He has been accused of violating the code of conduct on several occasions although Davies still believes this is not the case.

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