• 28th June 2017

Two Managing Directors have been criticised after reportedly telling staff, before the election, that their jobs were at risk if they failed to vote Conservative. John Brooker, the Managing Director of Storm Technologies, wrote to staff on the day of the election stating “If by any chance Labour win, we’ll have to rethink a few things here at the company so if you value your job and want to hold onto your hard earned money vote Conservative”.
Similarly, on the day before votes were cast, Greg Knight, the Managing Director of the largest independent bookmaker, Jennings Racing, warned staff to vote Conservative because of their liberal attitude towards fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). In a memo to employees, Mr Knight warned employees of pledges by Labour and the Liberal Democrats to reduce the maximum stake in FOBTs from £100 to £2 due to concerns about the machines addictiveness. However, with FOBTs accounting for more than half of bookmakers’ revenues, Mr Knight warned employees that, if implemented, “business will be unable to continue and jobs will be lost”. Instead, he said the Conservatives were “prepared to listen to the evidence” and argued that lowering the maximum stake would do little to help “problem gamblers”.