Article by Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Tatton MP Esther McVey has been attacked by the local Liberal Democrats for accepting free Euro 2020 tickets from a gambling company.
The House of Commons register of MPs’ financial interests shows the Conservative MP accepted one ticket and hospitality at Wembley for the England v Denmark match last month worth £3,457.
She also accepted a ticket and hospitality at Wimbledon, with a value of £1,100.
Both freebies were declared in the correct way.
But the local Liberal Democrats have attacked the Tory MP for accepting the gifts at a time when the Gambling Act is being reviewed by the government.
A statement released by the Tatton Liberal Democrats said: “For a politician who prides herself on being in touch with the working man and woman, and on the side of hard-working, honest citizens, it must have come as a major embarrassment for Esther McVey MP that she has been found out accepting freebies to two major sporting events in June, from a betting company, who are at the forefront of the gambling industry’s attempts to resist changes in the gambling laws.
“What would most of her Tatton voters and supporters not have given for a £3,457 ticket for the England/Denmark Euros semi-final match at Wembley, or a £1,100 ticket and “hospitality” package for Wimbledon on 2nd July?”
According to the House of Commons’ Register of Members’ Interests, the donation was from Entain, which is listed as owning Ladbrokes and Coral.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service has contacted Esther McVey’s office by phone and email several times and left a voicemail on her mobile.
At the time of writing we have not received a response.