Fer­rier backs res­o­lu­tion on high street bet­ting ma­chines

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier ad­dressed around 3,000 SNP party mem­bers at the week­end to speak about the scourge of high street bet­ting ma­chines.

Dubbed ‘ the crack co­caine of gam­bling’, the Re­former re­ported ear­lier this year that pun­ters spent over £1.2mil­lion in slot ma­chines on Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang main streets alone last year.

Speak­ing at the SNP party con­fer­ence at Glas­gow’s SECC, Ms Fer­rier spoke of sui­cides linked to gam­bling ad­dic­tion and ref­er­enced the fig­ures ob­tained by the Re­former.

A res­o­lu­tion, put for­ward by sev­eral SNP branches, was un­op­posed and over­whelm­ingly passed by the delegates – mean­ing that any fu­ture party pol­icy on fixe­dodds bet­ting ter­mi­nals will re­flect this tougher stance.

Ms Fer­rier, who is a mem­ber of the all party group on fixed odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals, said: “Ever since the pass­ing of the Gam­bling Act in 2005, th­ese ma­chines have be­come wide­spread and com­mon­place across Bri­tain.

As you’ve heard, they’ve been la­belled the crack co­caine of gam­bling – and for good rea­son. Highly ad­dic­tive, they stand ac­cused of en­cour­ag­ing ir­re­spon­si­ble gam­bling.

“Friends, the po­ten­tial that th­ese ma­chines have to ruin lives is clear. There are nine known sui­cides re­lated to the use of fixed- odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals, two of which have been within the last year.”

She added: “I find it dif­fi­cult to ac­cept that th­ese ma­chines are not caus­ing fam­i­lies heartache, and dam­ag­ing com­mu­ni­ties.”

Sign of the times A sec­tion of Dukes Road has al­ready been closed to traf­fic and now Glen­side Drive has been shut again

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