FOBTs in the News: 25th April – 1st May

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This week, consultants from the Campaign teamed up with Shipley Labour Party as part of a campaign to oust a pro FOBT candidate from his Parliamentary seat. Philip Davies has often associated himself with the betting industry, openly endorsing controversial FOBT machines. Davies has been called a “lone voice in Parliament” in his defence of the machines that have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

On Central Lobby this week, ‘Gambling Behaviour: Part One’ features founder of Stop the FOBTs and the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, Derek Webb, as he explains gambler and product interaction. Derek describes how even professional gamblers can be problem gamblers, emphasising the importance of reducing the maximum stake from £100 to £2 on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.

In the second Central Lobby instalment this week, ‘Gambling Behaviour: Part Two’, Derek speaks about gambling culture from his own experience.

Also on Central Lobby, David Lammy wrote about the increase of betting shops in his borough and across the UK as well as the transition from gambling as a recreational activity to gambling as a destructive problem. The Labour London Mayoral contender and Tottenham candidate states that communities must be given more power over betting shops and FOBTs.

For more information about the Stop the FOBTs campaign, please visit www.stopthefobts.org

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