Scott Benton resigns as MP after fake gambling company undercover sting, paving way for by-election

by 24britishtvMarch 25, 2024, 8:50 p.m. 34

Blackpool South MP Scott Benton, who lost the Conservative whip after being embroiled in a lobbying scandal, has announced he will quit Parliament rather than wait for the outcome of a recall petition. His resignation, coming before the petition was due to close on April 22, means Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faces another challenging by-election. The Treasury on Monday appointed Mr Benton to be Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead under the archaic formal procedure to exit the Commons after he said he had written to the Chancellor “with a heavy heart” to tender his resignation. Mr Benton was last month suspended from the House of Commons for 35 days after he was found to have breached Commons rules. It came after he was filmed by The Times offering to lobby ministers and table parliamentary questions on behalf of gambling investors. Daily Record Homepage: Daily Record Facebook: Daily Record IG: Daily Record Twitter: Daily Record Newsletters: Join our WhatsApp communities here and get the latest news sent straight to your messages: DAILY RECORD: RECORD SPORT RANGERS: RECORD SPORT CELTIC: You can get all the latest news, sport, showbiz and comment at LIKE | COMMENT | SUBSCRIBE | SHARE #DailyRecord #Gambling #Byelection


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