The Lib Dems have backed a call to give councils the power to limit the number of betting shops in their area.
The party voted to curb the proliferation of bookmakers they say has been driven by a boom in high stakes roulette machines.
Fixed odds betting terminals are now major source of profits for bookies.
The vote gives local government minister Don Foster, who proposed the motion, a mandate to push for it to become law.
Speaking at the party’s conference in Glasgow, he argued that the growth of betting shops has been driven not by betting on sporting events, like horse racing or football, but by FOBTs, which had turned them into “mini-casinos in the High Streets”.
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