MPs enjoy free tickets worth £100k during Covid large event pilots

Exclusive: two ministers and Keir Starmer among those accepting gifts from gambling, drinks and sports firms

MPs enjoyed a bonanza of free tickets this summer worth more than £100,000 from gambling, drinks and sporting companies as they took advantage of the government’s Covid pilot scheme for large events.

Cabinet ministers Ben Wallace and Brandon Lewis, plus the opposition leader, Keir Starmer, were among those who benefited from free tickets declared during July, with more than 35 MPs in total accepting hospitality as they took part in the research project.

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