The Guardian today revisits Cheltenham Races when Tory England ignored the warnings from Italy.
They don’t mention Tory MP Laurence Robertson (no relation!). They should. I did in a report here on April 23rd 2020. I think it points the finger accurately. Here is again:
Over 250,000 people attended the annual four-day event in March, which ended 10 days before lockdown measures began. A former director of Public Health in the region said it should not have gone ahead, and lessons must be learned. The government has defended its decision not to cancel the festival. Prof Gabriel Scally, former director of public health in the south west and visiting professor of public health at the University of Bristol, said there “seemed to be” a high number of virus cases in Gloucestershire.’ Government data shows there have been 972 cases of the virus in Gloucestershire, and 147 people have died.
Local Conservative MP Laurence Robertson, whose constituency Cheltenham is in, attended this year’s festival but said there should not be a public inquiry. Wonder why? All those deaths among his constituents? Surely he want answers? See this:
Gloucestershire MPs have received more than £8,000 worth of free tickets for sporting events since the last General Election, an exclusive investigation for Gloucestershire Live has revealed. Betting firms, media companies and sporting organisations are amongst those who have lavished 13 sets of tickets on our county’s politicians. Those tickets had an estimated value of £8,243 and covered horse racing and polo. Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson received more tickets than any other MP in our county and the second most of any MP in the country.
Robertson’s donors in 2019/20: Racecourse Association twice, William Hill three times, The Jockey Club three times, Chester Race Company, Coral Ltd, Betting and Gaming Council,
Follow the money?