UK sports minister resigns over delay in new gambling laws
UK Sports minister Tracey Crouch has resigned in protest at the government’s “unjustifiable” refusal to speed up plans to curb controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).
Crouch, who launched the review that concluded that FOBT stakes should be slashed from £100 to £2, quit after the chancellor revealed in this week’s budget that the change would not take effect until October next year. The Conservative MP had lobbied hard for the cut to be implemented as soon as possible, in April 2019.
In a letter to the prime minister, Crouch said the stake cut was being delayed “due to commitments made by others to those with registered interests”.
The comment is thought to be a reference to lobbying efforts by MPs with ties to the betting industry to postpone the cut in stakes.