Tag Archives: Boris Johnson

Smarkets: Boris hits lowest odds on 2022 premiership departure  

Boris Johnson’s premiership is ‘on the ropes’ as the PM faces mounting pressure from his party, the media and public to confess that he broke COVID national lockdown rules by attending a ‘bring your own booze’ party at Number 10 last May.  Monitoring Down Street developments, Smarkets Politics cites that PM Johnson has reached his shortest price of 1.70 (58% …

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Year in Review Part One: Gambling Act review commences and firms count the costs of 2020

As 2021 began, the UK betting sector was fixated with the onset of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act review, the outcomes of which would become clearer as the year progressed. The overhaul of the UK’s regulatory gambling regime did not just catch the eye of industry leaders, however, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak voiced his concerns …

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Smarkets: North Shropshire shock sees odds spike on a Boris 2022 exit  

Last night’s surprise victory by the Liberal Democrats in the Conservative stronghold of North Shropshire has sent shockwaves across betting markets.   In the aftermath of the result, Smarkets reports that PM Boris Johnson is odds on (56%) to leave his premiership at some point in 2022, spiking up from 46% before the North Shropshire result. Of significance, the Lib Dem …

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Smarkets: North Shropshire toss-up is a judgement on Boris future as PM

UK Politics faces an end of year climax, as this Thursday the constituency of North Shropshire hosts its by-election, to replace former scandal-ridden MP Owen Paterson.  As the constituency heads to the polls, Smarkets has branded the Tory stronghold as ‘too close to call’ –  as the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats are neck-and-neck at 50% and 49% respectively, to …

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Winning Post: Anti gambling lobby makes bold move for Boris full attention

Regulus Partners observes a week of bold anti-gambling lobby plays carried out in Commons, the House of Lords and UK media – undertaken to ensure that PM Boris Johnson maintains his election pledge to drastically reform the UK gambling sector. The heat on gambling was turned up again this week as the Peers for Gambling Reform and the Gambling-related Harm …

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Smarkets: Sunak Budget bluster frosty against 22% chance of recession

Smarkets Politics has registered a mixed reaction to the Autumn Budget statement, delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. “Employment is up, investment is growing, public services are improving, public finances are stabilising, and wages are rising” – bellowed Sunak to the Commons, underlying the strengths of the UK economy recovering from COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, despite the Chancellor’s bluster, the latest politics …

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Bolton Wanderers severe betting ties as industry reacts to sponsor ban

Following reports that the DCMS is moving to ban sponsorship arrangements between betting companies and Premier League football clubs, Bolton Wanderers has moved to sever its ties to the industry. In place of its links with the betting and gaming industry, Bolton will instead seek to form partnerships with charities and organisations specialising in betting addiction treatment. Although making its …

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Chris Philp appointed gambling minister as reshuffle continues

The latest development in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has seen Chris Philp named the new Gambling Minister, replacing John Whittingdale. Although the new appointee’s responsibilities have not yet been disclosed, it has been confirmed that he will oversee the continuation of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act following Whitingdale’s dismissal last week. Philp’s first act as Gambling Minister was …

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Boris reshuffle sees Smarkets shorten odds on 2023 General Election

Smarkets has reviewed the surprise promotions and cruel dismissals of PM Boris Johnson‘s latest cabinet reshuffle, forecasting its consequences on the future of UK politics.  Prior to Wednesday’s proceedings, Westminster sources had detailed that Johnson was seeking to re-energise his senior cabinet with strong and competent characters to lead key departments post-pandemic.  Yet, remaining loyal to his lieutenants, Johnson retained …

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