Tag Archives: Boris Johnson

Bookies Corner: Local Elections of consequence to the future of Party leaders

On Thursday, the UK electorate will decide the +4,500 councillor seats servicing Britain’s local constituencies. Media reports of a Conservative fallout as Party MPs are ready to blame Boris Johnson for a predicted heavy loss of councillor seats following his handling of the Partygate scandal. As for Labour, Thursday’s results will serve as a barometer of whether Keir Starmer can …

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Independent football regulator to be established out of fan-led review

DCMS’ year-long review into football has concluded announcing the headline directive  that an ‘independent regulator’ will be established to oversee and improve football’s  relationship with fans, business and local communities. Tracey Crouch served as the Minister spearheading the review – with support from an expert panel – which began last May. The review formed part of the Conservative Party’s  2019 …

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Smarkets: Boris faces a coin-flip on leading Conservatives into next election

PM Boris Johnson may have paid a £50 fixed penalty notice for attending an ‘impromptu birthday party’ at 10 Downing Street – yet Partygate allegations continue to dog his leadership of the Conservative Party. Mocked by opposition, Johnson continues to deny that he misled the public and fellow ministers, unaware of multiple parties held at Number 10 as UK households …

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Gambling Harm APPG: Industry leadership has no right to determine Review outcomes

MPs in the House of Commons held a two-hour debate yesterday, discussing a range of issues related to the future oversight of the UK gambling sector, with imminent reforms soon to be announced. The debate was led by long-term gambling-reformist Carolyn Harris, Labour MP for Swansea East. Proceedings were opened with Harris acknowledging the wide range of response, evidence and …

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Smarkets: All eyes on Sunak Statement as UK recession looms at 32% 

British households and businesses anxiously wait for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to announce his Spring Statement tomorrow, a missive that will outline how the government intends to navigate the toughest economic headwinds faced in a generation.  Yesterday the Bank of England raised interest rates back to the pre-pandemic level of 0.75%, deploying the fiscal measure to stop the economy being stunted …

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Camelot favoured to keep National Lottery contract

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is reported to favour Camelot Group maintaining its position as steward of the National Lottery. The Daily Telegraph, this morning reported that the Commission would notify to PM Boris Johnson that “the current operator as the best incumbent to manage government’s lucrative contract”. Camelot has served as the operating company of the National Lottery since …

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DCMS to further delay Gambling Review outcomes to May 2022

UK gambling stakeholders have been warned that the government will announce a further delay in the publishing of the White Paper of proposals to reform the industry. This morning, The Guardian reported that a further delay would push the publication of the White Paper to May 2022 – citing “three sources with knowledge of the process”. The government’s review of …

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Smarkets: Odds shorten on Boris exit but punters split on PM’s successor

Just as Boris Johnson thought that he had escaped the ‘Partygate’ fiasco, Smarkets reports that the likelihood of the PM leaving Number-10 this month has risen to 43% according to morning odds of 2.13 priced on the betting exchange. A flurry of bets made against the PMs future, follows yesterday’s shock news that four of Johnson’s senior aides had resigned, …

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Smarkets: Boris hits lowest odds on 2022 premiership departure  

Boris Johnson’s premiership is ‘on the ropes’ as the PM faces mounting pressure from his party, the media and public to confess that he broke COVID national lockdown rules by attending a ‘bring your own booze’ party at Number 10 last May.  Monitoring Down Street developments, Smarkets Politics cites that PM Johnson has reached his shortest price of 1.70 (58% …

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Year in Review Part One: Gambling Act review commences and firms count the costs of 2020

As 2021 began, the UK betting sector was fixated with the onset of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act review, the outcomes of which would become clearer as the year progressed. The overhaul of the UK’s regulatory gambling regime did not just catch the eye of industry leaders, however, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak voiced his concerns …

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