UK sports min­is­ter re­signs over de­lay in new gam­bling laws

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

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.

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