Wes Streeting rages at Tory election betting scandal: 'What are they so desperate to hide?'

Wes Streeting rages at Tory election betting scandal: 'What are they so desperate to hide?'
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 24/06/2024

- 10:29

Labour's Wes Streeting has accused the Prime Minister of trying to “duck scrutiny and accountability” over the election betting scandal.

He also denied that Labour is planning to re-introduce teaching about multiple genders in schools and make it easier for children to change gender.

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary told GB News: “Rishi Sunak and the Conservative Party are trying to hide who's involved, duck scrutiny and accountability during a General Election campaign, and hide behind the Gambling Commission rather than come up and take some responsibility.

“Rishi Sunak is the only person in this country who knew for certain when the election date would be and who he chose to share that information with.

“We already know that one of his closest parliamentary aides placed a bet and he has accepted that and he's apologised for that.

“But from the Prime Minister, we've seen total weakness and a lack of leadership and to now try and suggest that somehow we're doing something wrong by asking for transparency in an election campaign, I think people should start to question what is it that Conservatives have to hide and why are they so desperate to hide it?”

He added: “Rishi Sunak, saying that Conservative candidates at this election will resign if they're found to have broken the law and the Gambling Commission rules, where does the buck stop? Where does the responsibility lie? And why isn't he just being honest with people about who's involved, what the allegations are?

“Because I think often in politics, it's the cover up that ends up being even worse than the crime. And so I do think the Prime Minister should be honest with people about who's suspected who's under investigation and what he plans to do about it.

“But as ever with Rishi Sunak I'm afraid he's too weak to lead his party, let alone to lead the country.”

On suggestions that Labour would make it easier for children to change gender, he said: “Firstly, the review that's underway about guidance in schools is a review that the Government has commissioned, but hasn't finished because of the General Election being called.

“Our shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson has said that we'll consider the responses to that review. But we're not interested in children being taught about multiple genders.

“Actually, we're more interested in this election about children being taught maths and science by qualified teachers.

“That's our priority and on gender recognition law reform. Let me be really clear about this. We have learned the lessons of the failure in Scotland.

“We do not think self-ID can work in law. We do believe that to obtain the gender recognition certificate, you should require a diagnosis from a qualified doctor.”


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