Securing action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Fixed Odds Betting TerminalPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

I am very pleased to report that my amendment on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, which sought to toughen the council’s stance against their spread and improve its own signposting to gambling charities, was passed at last night’s council meeting.  This was a rarity – an occasion where we were able to put party politics to one side and agree what is absolutely needed on this issue, which is a united front from both sides of the council chamber.

It came at the end of a long council meeting which I’ve given a whistle-stop tour below. Continue reading Securing action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

PM highlights Eltham MP’s somersault on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Fixed Odds Betting TerminalPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

There were signs of the beginnings of a rare consensus developing at PMQs today, over the deeply worrying problem of the spread of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals that can see high street gamblers lose up to £300 a minute.

Labour’s motion in the House of Commons this afternoon seems to have been accompanied by a slightly bizarre political somersault from Eltham MP Clive Efford, who spends a good deal of his time enjoying being Labour’s Shadow Minister for Sport.  The Prime Minister pointed out during PMQs that as recently as November, Mr Efford was arguing that there is “no evidence to support a change to stakes and prizes” on the machines – and yet today he has been talking in totally contradictory terms about “pulling the plug” on them. Continue reading PM highlights Eltham MP’s somersault on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals