Tag Archives: Carolyn Harris MP

UK Ministers to launch Football Index probe

UK government Ministers are reportedly planning to launch an investigation into the collapse of ‘football player trading exchange’ Football Index. The Times reported that legislators are ‘deeply concerned’ by the collapse of the operator, after users lost over £100 million following its crash into insolvency. “This case further reinforces the need for our comprehensive review of gambling laws,” a government …

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Sadiq Khan pledges to ban London Underground gambling ads

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has incorporated a pledge to ban gambling advertising on the London Underground into his manifesto ahead of the upcoming mayoral elections. The Labour Party politician previously banned advertisements of junk food on the city’s underground rail service in 2018. He now plans to extend this advertisement ban to betting marketing if re-elected on 6 May. …

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DCMS urged to take immediate action on Football Index collapse

MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) have directed further criticism at the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) regarding the collapse of betting exchange Football Index. Writing a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group of legislators described the demise of the operator and the losses its customers suffered as a ‘scandal,’ and have cited …

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Shirt sponsorship ban most likely outcome of 2021 Gambling Review  

The Daily Telegraph has reported this morning that PM Boris Johnson will likely support a ban on gambling industry shirt sponsorships across football.  Citing sources ‘close to Downing Street’, the Telegraph stated that Johnson’s senior cabinet are determined to press ahead with drastic reforms to the UK gambling sector. A ban on shirt sponsorships by gambling brands has been pitched …

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Gambling Commission criticises black market claims

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has criticised claims from some betting operators of a thriving UK gambling black market, ahead of the upcoming review of the 2005 Gambling Act. According to a report earlier this month by data and analytics firm PwC, nearly 9 to10% of all gambling related searches online were for black market sites, and unregulated operators accounted …

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Carolyn Harris: Banning gambling sponsorships ‘one of the most obvious things to do’

Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) has spoken out about gambling sponsorships, reiterating that banning gambling companies from being front-of-shirt sponsors is ‘one of the most obvious things to do’. Reported by the Guardian, Harris expressed that a new Gambling Act should prohibit shirt sponsorships across all English football leagues – …

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Leon House delivers 24-hour support with AnonyMind launch

Residential gambling addiction centre Leon House has launched a new online gambling treatment platform which seeks to offer a ‘full, impartial and anonymous psychiatric assessment’ for those affected by problem gambling. The platform, AnonyMind, has been created in collaboration with Cognacity, a Harley Street specialist provider of mental health and addiction treatment, while EPIC Risk Management has provided further oversight …

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Stormont and Westminster to ‘exchange notes’ on gambling reform

Politicians from both Stormont and Westminster will ‘exchange notes’ on ways to tackle problem gambling as both parties look to toughen up gambling legislation. The collaboration will see the All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling at Stormont launch its inquiry into reforming ‘Northern Ireland’s obsolete gambling legislation’ which will hear evidence from Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of …

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Cross-party MPs call for gambling overhaul in new report

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) has called for a blanket ban on gambling advertisements as well as an overhaul of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) as part of its final report into online gambling harms. Following a year-long inquiry, the 50-strong group of MPs – which has emphasised it is ‘not anti-gambling or prohibitionist’ …

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GRH APPG urges BGC to increase safer gambling measures during lockdown

Carolyn Harris MP has called for the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) to expand on its suspension of TV and radio gaming advertising during the COVID-19 lockdown ‘to truly protect vulnerable people at this time’. The Chair of the Gambling Related Harm APPG released a letter sent to Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chair of the BGC, which welcomed the recent decision …

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