Craig Williams tells BBC election bet was 'huge error of judgement'

Craig Williams

Craig Williams, who is running for Conservative, expressed his regrets and acknowledged committing a "grave mistake" by placing a bet on the upcoming general election's schedule.

According to reports, Mr Williams, who worked as an assistant for the previous prime minister, is being accused of placing a bet worth £100 on an election happening in July only three days before Rishi Sunak made the announcement about the upcoming poll on the 4th of July.

The announcement of the poll by Mr. Sunak came as a shock to several individuals, including numerous Conservative MPs who were anticipating a later date in autumn.

Mr. Williams spoke to the BBC and expressed regret for his significant lapse in judgment. He acknowledged the mistake and offered his apologies.

The Labour party regarded the accusations as extremely unusual.

Mr Williams declined to respond to inquiries concerning whether he was privy to any confidential details when he made the wager.

He mentioned that he wouldn't provide further elaboration on his statement as it's a separate procedure.

"The regulatory body for gambling is currently examining the matter."

During the G7 summit in Italy, Mr Sunak expressed his disappointment to journalists regarding the news of the bet.

He declined to give any statements regarding Mr. Williams' knowledge of the election date at the time of placing the bet, stating that it would not be fitting during the ongoing investigation of the Gambling Commission.

Mr Williams, who is an outsider, posted a message on platform X on Wednesday regarding accusations. He stated, "A journalist had approached me about investigations the Gambling Commission is conducting on one of my accounts. I figured it would be wise to be completely open and honest about it."

A few weeks back, I made a bet on the upcoming election. As a result, I have been asked some standard questions, and I want to make it clear that I will cooperate entirely with these inquiries.

I aim not to divert attention from the campaign, and I regret not considering how it might appear.

The minister for Conservative Wales Office, Fay Jones, stated that the Gambling Commission had conversed with Mr. Williams and that they are conducting some initial inquiries.

During an interview with BBC Wales Live, she stated that the situation is not ideal and there is no denying that. She emphasized the importance of gathering all the necessary information before coming to a conclusion.

The political adversaries had a strong reaction, and Stephen Kinnock from Welsh Labour expressed his surprise at the situation, calling it "completely unbelievable".

He said: "It's crucial that the Gambling Commission takes prompt action and delivers a definite conclusion regarding the actions of Mr Williams."

During the programme, Liz Saville Roberts, who leads Plaid Cymru in Westminster, brought up an important question about Mr. Williams' decision to give a presumed date for the upcoming general election. This decision of his has made us wonder about his judgement.

Daisy Cooper, the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has suggested that the Prime Minister ought to initiate an inquiry under the supervision of the Cabinet Office.

She stated that it is essential to conduct an investigation into the matter to reveal who was aware of the situation and when they became aware of it. Furthermore, the inquiry aims to determine whether Craig Williams was aware of the election date when he placed his bet.

According to a representative from the Gambling Commission, the organization will not disclose whether they are currently conducting any investigations until such investigations have ended, or if there have been any arrests or charges brought in relation to a criminal investigation.

The representative additionally commented that using secret information to have an unfair edge in betting "might be considered a cheating violation according to Section 42 of the Gambling Act, which is an illegal act".

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