Tag Archives: SNP

Scottish government lifts shop restrictions on bookmakers

There was relief for Scotland’s 900 betting shops after the Scottish government confirmed that it will revoke its in-store restrictions, which have caused havoc on reopening arrangements. Scottish bookmakers were allowed to re-open their businesses on 29 June, beginning their recovery from lockdown. However, last-minute orders by the SNP forced shops to remove in-store seating, as well as turn-off machines …

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Scotsbet: Shambolic orders show SNP is disconnected from retail realities  

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has published a personal statement from Andy Bennett, a betting shop manager of regional bookmaker Scotsbet. Bennett, a shop manager of Scotsbet Selkirk located in the constituency of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, has branded the Scottish government’s bookmaker reopening requirements as both ludicrous and out of touch. Scotland’s 900 betting shops were allowed to …

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BGC: SNP must ease draconian orders or lose 4,500 jobs

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has demanded that the Scottish Government lift ‘draconian restrictions’ that are wrecking the viability of Scottish bookmakers making a business comeback from lockdown. Closed since mid-March, Scotland’s 900 betting shops were allowed to reopen on Monday 29 June. However, Scottish National Party (SNP) ministers applied last-minute requirements demanding betting shops remove chairs and switch …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – The future is within the industry’s power!

For the first time that I can recall, all four major UK political parties have featured gambling reform within their respective General Election manifestos. As a result, it’s clear that, regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s voting, the industry’s regulatory landscape will experience some fundamental change in the not too distant future. Online is the clearly declared focus but the …

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SNP pushes for gambling modifications as part of wider digital rethink

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon has called for a radical rethink on British society’s digital engagements and identity, which would impact the governance of UK gambling. Presenting SNP’s ‘Stronger for Scotland’ 2019 General Election manifesto, Sturgeon underlined that SNP would continue to push for the UK government to treat problem gambling as a public health matter. Despite supporting a …

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Triggered Article 50 changes UK political betting dynamics

Having triggered Article 50 which begins the process of withdrawal from the European Union, the UK now enters an unprecedented cycle in its politics, with Brexit negotiations likely to dominate all political agenda and discussion. Following PM Theresa May’s official triggering of Article 50 on the 29 March, all bookmakers have updated their respective political markets as the Conservative government …

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William Hill refunds fox hunting wagers following vote postponement

William Hill has confirmed that it has refunded all bets on the fox hunting vote that was due to take place this week, after the government postponed it until at least the Autumn. “The voting landscape in the Autumn could be very different with Scottish MPs potentially having less influence on English laws. The SNP has scuppered Cameron’s calls for …

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Bookmakers fail to call UK General Election result

The betting market’s reputation as the best political outcome poll/indicator has taken a bit of a beating,  with the Conservative Party winning a slight majority after yesterday’s General Election. Throughout the build up to the 7 May General Election, political betting markets had favoured a Hung Parliament which would be led by a Labour Minority. Bookmakers William Hill, Coral and …

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Few positive signs for gambling from General Election

Tomorrow sees one of the closest UK General Elections for 40 years and it feels like a pivotal one for the gambling industry. None of the outcomes are good for our sector, just varying degrees of how bad the impact is going to be on us. Given the long run up to the election, the campaigning parties have not touched …

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Betfair release % chance charts on Scottish Referendum outcome

On 18 September, Scotland’s voters will decide whether to stay part of the United Kingdom or go it alone. Betfair’s political trading desk has released a set of charts monitoring % chance of the Scottish Referendum’s Yes and No campaigns. The charts published by Betfair’s Exchange demonstrate the implied % chance of each voting outcome. Betfair’s Exchange has so far …

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