Jo Stevens MP Shadow Culture Secretary, responding to allegations in the Sunday Times that Boris Johnson promised to change the maximum legal jackpot for Health Lottery to £1million, said:
“These revelations raise further questions about the cosy relationship between Richard Desmond and the Conservative Party.
“The government has already said they plan to review gambling legislation.
“But the conversations reported in the Sunday Times do nothing to allay fears that the Tories are looking out for their friends and Party donors’ best interests, rather than addressing the need for fit for purpose gambling legislation that ensures transparency across the industry and protects those who are at risk.
“This appears to be yet another example of behind the scenes dodgy dealing and raises more questions for the Prime Minister to answer.”