William Hill raises stakes in tax battle

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The new boss of William Hill has drawn battle lines with the government on his first day in the job by declaring that politicians could not possibly be any more hostile towards the betting industry.

The comments from James Henderson, who replaced long-serving Ralph Topping as chief executive yesterday, threaten to inflame further the industry’s fraught relations with the government, which is cracking down on problem gambling and raising betting taxes.

Asked whether the political environment was becoming more hostile towards gambling companies such as William Hill, he said: “I do not believe it can be any more hostile than it is.”

Read the full article in The Times online.

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