A Labour candidate has been suspended by the party for betting against himself after the Gambling Commission launched an investigation into him.

Kevin Craig is running to become the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich – a seat previously held by ex-Tory Dan Poulter, who defected to Labour ahead of the election, but is not standing again.

Sky News’ chief political correspondent Jon Craig understands the bet was relating to the outcome of the vote in his constituency – and the candidate had actually been betting he would lose the contest.

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Labour confirmed Mr Craig had been suspended by the party – though at this late stage, Mr Craig will still appear on the ballot paper with “Labour” next to his name.

A spokesperson added: “With [Sir] Keir Starmer as leader, the Labour Party upholds the highest standards for our parliamentary candidates, as the public rightly expects from any party hoping to serve, which is why we have acted immediately in this case.”

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The incident comes after two Conservative candidates were suspended by their party for allegedly placing bets on when the election date would be.

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Those allegations first emerged almost two weeks ago, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak saying he would wait for the outcome of the Gambling Commission’s inquiry before acting.

However, in a U-turn announced this morning, both candidates have now been suspended – though again the Conservative Party name will still appear on ballot papers.

Two Tory party officials and an officer from Rishi Sunak’s close protection team are also being investigated by the Gambling Commission over the placing of bets on the timing of the election.

Mr Craig is founder and CEO of PLMR, with the company’s website describing him as “an expert in political communications, crisis management, and corporate communications”.

A full list of the candidates running for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is below:

Charlie Caiger, independent;
Tony Gould, Reform UK;
Mike Hallatt, independent;
Brett Alistair Mickelburgh, Lib Dems;
Dan Pratt, Greens;
Patrick Spencer, Conservatives.

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