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A Hepi analysis of manifesto promises and the Social Market Foundation on international students

We have reached the stage of the Conservatives’ ill-fated campaign where at an event in Scotland yesterday, the prime minister was forced to deny that he was under investigation as part of a Gambling Commission inquiry into betting on the date of the general election.

That was possibly not even the most embarrassing thing about the launch of the Scottish Conservatives’ manifesto as Rishi Sunak found himself alongside Douglas Ross, the outgoing Tory leader in Scotland, who is facing scrutiny of his own after parachuting at the 11th hour into one of the party’s safer seats in Scotland—following the deselection of the hospitalised incumbent. Questions have also been asked about Ross’s alleged use of parliamentary expenses to travel to his second job as an assistant referee in the Scottish Professional Football League.

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