Labour seeks cross-party support for vote on high-stakes betting machines

Posted on January 8, 2014 by admin
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Labour has deliberately toned down its attacks on bookmakers in a bid to build cross-party support ahead of Wednesday’s opposition-day vote to curb the spread of high-stakes roulette machines from betting shops, which campaigners say cause crime and lead to addiction.

Echoing a resolution that was passed by the Liberal Democrats in their party conference last year, Labour will ask MPs to back a motion that would “give local authorities the powers they need to respond to concerns from their local communities and stop the proliferation of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and betting shops”.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.