MP apologises for code breach over Cheltenham trip
Posted on March 19, 2013

A Tory MP has apologised for breaching the parliamentary code after the Commons watchdog concluded he should have declared hundreds of pounds of hospitality from Britain’s biggest bookmaker during a contentious year-long inquiry into the betting trade, when he asked questions about gambling and before securing debates on the issue.

Philip Davies, a prominent member of the culture, media and sport select committee, recorded in the register of MPs’ interests that in March 2011 he was taken to the Cheltenham festival – a trip worth £870 – as a guest of the bookmaker Ladbrokes.

Read the full story on The Guardian Online


High-stakes bid to halt roulette machines at bookies
Posted on March 18, 2013

Anti-roulette machines campaign launched to get FOBTs out of betting shops

Betting shops across Manchester have been accused of flooding the city centre with highly addictive Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.  FOBTs, dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling. They have faced criticism over their game content which is believed to encourage problem gambling.

Campaigners in Manchester want the Government to tighten rulings to restrict FOBTs in betting shops in the city centre.

A campaign has been launched to halt a surge in city centre roulette machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Bookies have been accused of by-passing legislation to flood Manchester with dangerously addictive games. The city currently has nearly 500 fixed odds betting terminals – stand-alone machines capable of taking up to £18,000 an hour.

Campaigners want the government to tighten up the rules – and the council to challenge new applications.

An application for the city centre’s 25th bookmaker, a William Hill on Deansgate, is due to be considered by licensing chiefs in the coming weeks. City centre councillor Kevin Peel – who is leading the campaign – said: “Bookies are getting round the rules laid out in the Gambling Act in order to install more of these fixed odds betting terminals – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling due to their addictive nature.

“I say enough is enough. I am not anti-gambling or anti-bookies – I just think they should be betting shops, not mini-casinos.”

Read the full story in the Manchester Evening News online. 


Gambling crackdown: 4 bookies, 16 bandit machines in just 200 yards in Glasgow’s east end
Posted on March 11, 2013

DUKE Street in Glasgow is rife with betting shops and now politicians want a ban on the opening of new bookies to halt an epidemic of gambling machines.

GLASGOW’S Duke Street runs through an area hit hard by unemployment and poverty.

But one industry is thriving in the neighbourhood – the betting shop.

Duke Street has four bookies within just 200m of each other – at numbers 390, 472, 559 and 581.

Meanwhile two senior SNP and Labour politicians have called for a ban on the opening of new bookmakers to stop what they claim is an epidemic of gambling machines.

They want Scotland to follow the lead of an English council to reject applications for new betting shops.

Read the full story in the Daily Record online.


Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman says government needs to re-write the rules over planning applications for bookies
Posted on February 26, 2013

COUNCILS need more powers to refuse applications for bookies, an MP says.

And Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has vowed to raise it in Parliament after seeing figures which show punters in his constituency lost more than £3m through betting in 12 months.

The Labour MP says the Government needs to look at the rules and said he will call on them to bring in greater powers to allow local councils to turn down applications for betting offices.

To read the full article please visit the The Huddersfield Daily Examiner site here.

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