MP vows to con­tinue ticket tout cam­paign

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Lo­cal MP Pa­tri­cia Gib­son has wel­comed UK Gov­ern­ment moves to clamp down on ticket touts, but says they must go fur­ther to pro­tect con­sumers from be­ing ripped off by un­scrupu­lous sec­ondary tick­et­ing plat­forms.

New rules that came into ef­fect last month make it an of­fence for on­line ticket touts to use com­puter ‘bots’ which al­low them to pur­chase tick­ets from of­fi­cial sell­ers faster than mem­bers of the pub­lic. The leg­is­la­tion also re­quires ticket re­sellers to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion such as the face value of the ticket, iden­tity of the orig­i­nal buyer, ex­act seat lo­ca­tion and any re­stric­tions on the ticket user, such as a min­i­mum age.

Mrs Gib­son, the SNP spokes­woman for con­sumer af­fairs, said: ‘For far too long now or­di­nary fans have been locked out of events, or forced to pur­chase tick­ets at hugely in­flated prices be­cause ticket touts us­ing soft­ware buy up all the tick­ets.’

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