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Matt Hancock: did donations from equestrian businesses influence him to demand the restoration of horse racing?

Newmarket is a big equestrian centre and its MP is Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who is deeply involved in the Tory government’s strategy to handle the Covid-19 crisis.

Hancock himself is a lover of horse-racing and once considered a career as a jockey, it seems.

He is said to have received £100,000 or more from horse racing businesses in the last year alone. It is easy enough to check this so I am happy to assume that Carole Cadwalladr (among others) has done so:

And horse racing resumes tomorrow (June 1).

Did those donations encourage Matt Hancock to influence government policy into allowing racing to resume? I don’t know.

It would be a clear case of corruption if they did.

There is a law, introduced by David Cameron’s Conservative-led government, that was said to be intended to ban the influencing of MPs by special interest groups with money to burn, but This Site and others reported at the time that it was mis-named and was in fact meant to reduce the influence of the Left.

Events will not be held in public so the only people at risk will be those who work in that particular industry.

We will need to monitor carefully what happens. If Covid-19 cases spike, then serious questions will have to be asked about the reasons this industry was allowed to resume business.

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