In the UK and a senior Conservative politician has reportedly come underneath hearth after it emerged that he was paid roughly £50,000 ($65,980) to advise outstanding iGaming and sportsbook operator GVC Holdings on safer playing practices.
In accordance with a Thursday report from The Guardian newspaper, Philip Davies serves because the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Yorkshire’s Shipley constituency and labored within the £400-per-hour advisory position from July to September forward of a authorities evaluation into the nation’s playing legal guidelines. This job purportedly concerned advising the proprietor of the Ladbrokes and Coral-branded chains of retail sportbetting venues on safer practices though long-standing guidelines are stated to have precluded him from lobbying for the trade in any method.
The newspaper reported that the 48-year-old politician has additionally been accused of ‘cronyism’ after it emerged that two of his former aides are at the moment employed by GVC Holdings, which is at the moment within the course of of adjusting its title to Entain. Sophie Dean, who labored for Davies for 5 years from 2013, now serves as Head of Safer Playing and Exterior Affairs for the London-listed big whereas the MP’s former parliamentary researcher, Grainne Hurst, is its Chief of Company Affairs.
Labour MP Carolyn Harris chairs a cross-party group inspecting playing hurt and reportedly instructed the newspaper that ‘it’s astonishing’ Davies would have allowed himself ‘to be positioned in such a compromising place’. She purportedly asserted that this relationship is all of the extra regarding after GVC Holdings acknowledged on the time of hiring Hurst earlier this 12 months that she was to assist it ‘lead the trade on accountable playing and develop relationships with the media and exterior companions’.
Harris reportedly instructed The Guardian…
“Cronyism is alive and nicely it appears. This does little to instil public religion in politicians.”
Though Davies has but to touch upon his position with GVC Holdings or the related criticism instantly, the operator is claimed to have responded by asserting that the position didn’t contain interactions with Dean because the MP had reported on to its former Chief Govt Officer, Kenneth Alexander.