Tag Archives: Carolyn Harris

Winning Post: Parliament debates state control on gambling and football

Regulus Partners examines a further week of Parliamentary debate, where the state has been urged to intervene on safer gambling affordability controls and on how media rights should be distributed fairly to benefit all levels of football. In Parliament – with friends like this… The parliamentary campaign against gambling resumed this week with a string of questions submitted to the …

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APPG demands Camelot explain its parliamentary advertisements

Camelot UK has been urged to explain why it has taken out advertisements in Parliamentary magazine The House, promoting its business as the operating company of the National Lottery. Concerns were raised to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) by MPs Richard Holden and Carolyn Harris of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm (APPG).  The MPs cited that …

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Premier League clubs to discuss their betting sponsorship futures

Premier League football clubs will examine and discuss the future of betting sponsorships at a meeting scheduled for this Thursday. Sky News has this morning reported that EPL leaders will receive an ‘update on findings around shirt sponsorships and gambling addiction’. Football’s relationship with betting operators has become a prominent concern of the government’s ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling …

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EFL Chairman takes stance against betting sponsorship ban

Chairman of the English Football League (EFL), Rick Parry, has spoken out against a ban on sports betting sponsorship arrangements, citing financial concerns for lower league teams. Speaking to the Financial Times (FT), Parry remarked that a betting sponsorship ban would be ‘catastrophic’ for smaller football clubs ‘in the wake of the pandemic’. Parry’s comments come two months after it …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Vital Statistics – Measuring the extent of gambling reforms required in the UK

As the well-known saying goes, “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics”. It was wrongly attributed to the nineteenth century UK Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, but that’s not going to stop me from using it as the starting point for this monthly round-up of UK gambling law and regulation. Fast forward 150 years from Disraeli’s time …

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UK football clubs warned against gambling adverts on social media

UK football clubs have received a letter from a group of ‘50 former gambling addicts’, warning of the dangers of promoting betting websites through their social media channels. A total of 11 clubs across the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Scottish Premiership were subject to a letter which informed how addicts might feel ‘distressed’ to see links to …

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The launch of the Gambling Act review: how the industry has reacted

The launch of the Gambling Act review: how the industry has reacted

As the gambling industry wakes up to the announcement that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will be launching its review into the 2005 Gambling Act, the news has been largely welcomed by various different stakeholders from across the sector. The review, which is expected to result in the biggest reform of UK gambling laws since the …

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Nigel Railton comes under political fire over u-18 lottery ban

Camelot CEO Nigel Railton has been criticised for stating that it could take up to a year for the UK National Lottery operator to impose a nationwide under-18s ban on playing National Lottery products.   Speaking as part of a recent All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) session, Railton disclosed that there are a series of ‘logistical challenges’ to enforcing such a measure, …

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MP Philip Davies defends GVC contract against media backlash 

Conservative minister Philip Davies (MP for Shipley) has hit back at ‘inaccurate reporting’ by The Guardian which disclosed his paid work for GVC Holdings.  On Wednesday 11 November, the Guardian published a report revealing that Davies and fellow Tory minister Laurence Robertson (MP for Tewkesbury) had taken on consultancy jobs advising betting and gaming organisations. Citing Parliamentary disclosures, the Guardian …

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Swansea City partners with Big Step to launch gambling awareness programme

Gambling harm reduction charity, Big Step, has signed a deal with Swansea City FC in what has been described as a “trailblazing new partnership” for English football.  The football-focused gambling education programme, which is part of the ‘Gambling with Lives’ charity, will work with the Championship club to raise awareness of the risks of betting on sport and compulsive behaviours. …

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