Anti-gypsy MP one of seven MPs to accept donations from gambling companies in form of hospitality
Labour MP Toby Perkins was one of nine MPs who accepted donations in the form of hospitality packages and free tickets to matches from gambling companies during the recent Euro 2020 football competition.
Perkins took the same package as Tory MP and former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey – worth £3,457 – from sports betting company Entain to watch England defeat Denmark. Six other Tory MPs – and Perkins’s colleague on Keir Starmer’s front bench Mark Tami – also accepted various hospitality packages from betting firms.
Charlotte Nichols, Starmer’s Shadow Equalities Minister, was criticised last week after tweeting a smiling selfie with Tory MP Mike Woods at the same match as Perkins during a similar sponsored freebie, though in that case from an alcohol producer. Ironically, given the England team’s strong anti-racist stance both during and after the tournament, both she and Perkins have been slammed for handing out anti-Gypsy leaflets. Perkins has also praised police violence against people protesting against the Tories’ anti-democratic policing bill, although he subsequently deleted the tweet.
The details of the hospitality junkets come from the latest register of MPs’ interests.
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