Labour turns guns on coalition gambling reforms with Commons vote

Posted on December 3, 2013 by admin
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Labour will signal its hardening opposition to the “crack cocaine of gambling” – high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines – by forcing a vote in the commons on Wednesday and instructing MPs not to back the government’s proposed changes to stakes and prizes as they do not include the betting shop terminals.

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which have been lightly regulated since they arrived in 2001, have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” because they allow punters to wager £100 a spin every 20 seconds. There are now 33,345 FOBTs in the UK – fuelling a boom in betting shops on Britain’s high streets. Critics say they are highly addictive and lead to crime and poverty.

Read the full story from Randeep Ramesh on the Guardian online.