Tag Archives: Boris Johnson

Bolton Wanderers severe betting ties as industry reacts to sponsor ban

Following reports that the DCMS is moving to ban sponsorship arrangements between betting companies and Premier League football clubs, Bolton Wanderers has moved to sever its ties to the industry. In place of its links with the betting and gaming industry, Bolton will instead seek to form partnerships with charities and organisations specialising in betting addiction treatment. Although making its …

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Chris Philp appointed gambling minister as reshuffle continues

The latest development in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has seen Chris Philp named the new Gambling Minister, replacing John Whittingdale. Although the new appointee’s responsibilities have not yet been disclosed, it has been confirmed that he will oversee the continuation of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act following Whitingdale’s dismissal last week. Philp’s first act as Gambling Minister was …

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Boris reshuffle sees Smarkets shorten odds on 2023 General Election

Smarkets has reviewed the surprise promotions and cruel dismissals of PM Boris Johnson‘s latest cabinet reshuffle, forecasting its consequences on the future of UK politics.  Prior to Wednesday’s proceedings, Westminster sources had detailed that Johnson was seeking to re-energise his senior cabinet with strong and competent characters to lead key departments post-pandemic.  Yet, remaining loyal to his lieutenants, Johnson retained …

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Nadine Dorries to lead DCMS as gambling judgements loom

PM Boris Johnson has called for a change of leadership at DCMS, appointing Nadine Dorries as new Culture Secretary, replacing Oliver Dowden. Called to Number-10 this afternoon, Dorries the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire was confirmed as DCMS new leader, promoted from her previous role as Minister of Mental Health for the Department of Health and Social Care. The Ministerial reshuffle, saw …

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MPs McVey and Phillips criticised for betting industry links

Conservative Party MPs and husband and wife Philip Davies and Esther McVey have been criticized by Liberal Democrats in the latter’s constituency of Tatton, Cheshire, for closeness to the betting and gaming industry. It was revealed by the Daily Mirror this morning that the MPs received £18,000 in free VIP tickets to events from private firms within a two month …

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Gambling Act Review: VIP schemes reportedly face ban

Sports betting operators’ VIP schemes have been reportedly targeted by government Ministers, according to the Daily Mail, as a new outcome of the overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act. Citing government sources, the Mail detailed that the practice has been reportedly described as ‘immoral’ by gambling law reform advocating Ministers, who have argued that VIP schemes encourage problem gambling. Under …

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BGC backs government on July’s full easing of hospitality orders 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the government’s decision to move the UK into the final phase of lockdown.  Last night, PM Boris Johnson confirmed that the government would maintain its timetable and end ‘almost all’ COVID-19 social and business restrictions from Monday 19 July. Despite the UK recording +70,000 cases of the Delta Variant, PM Johnson stated …

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Gambling sponsorships halve as clubs meet social responsibility demands

Professional sports clubs are increasingly turning away from sponsorship agreements with betting and gaming companies, as the construction and engineering, automotive and financial services sectors increase their market share. According to the latest figures from Caytoo, the gambling industry accounts for 8.1% of all sponsorships across football, rugby and cricket. Holding the top spot two year ago, the industry has …

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YGAM exposes lived abuse and harassment of female gamers to APPG members

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has submitted its report on online abuse and harassment of female gamers to MPs working in the ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group for Video Games and E Sports’. Titled ‘She Plays, He Says’, the report details the lived experiences of many young female gamers in which YGAM “seeks to raise awareness and address ways …

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