Labour’s former culture secretary has admitted that her reforms led to a free-for-all of ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines on high streets.
Tessa Jowell was in post when fixed-odds betting terminals were introduced in 2001, and four years later she brought in laws to regulate them.
The terminals allow users to stake £100 a time on games including blackjack, roulette and poker. They are so addictive they have become known as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.
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