Tag Archives: SNP

Bookies Corner: Local Elections of consequence to the future of Party leaders

On Thursday, the UK electorate will decide the +4,500 councillor seats servicing Britain’s local constituencies. Media reports of a Conservative fallout as Party MPs are ready to blame Boris Johnson for a predicted heavy loss of councillor seats following his handling of the Partygate scandal. As for Labour, Thursday’s results will serve as a barometer of whether Keir Starmer can …

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Parliament forms research group on crypto and digital assets policy 

Parliament has established ‘The Crypto and Digital Assets Group‘ to examine the policy and regulation of the Crypto sector within UK business.  The cross-party group will be chaired by SNP member Lisa Cameron (MP for East Kilbride) that will serve as a forum for parliamentarians to be informed and debate on innovations, policy and the future challenges brought by the …

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Ruth Davidson documentary places primetime spotlight on Gambling Review

Channel 4 will air tonight ‘Football’s Gambling Addiction’ (7:30-8:30 pm), an investigation of football’s current relationship with gambling brands, led by former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. The documentary was commissioned last month by the terrestrial broadcaster, which had recruited the former minister and journalist to lead an investigation of football’s ‘intertwined relationship with betting and gambling operators’. In its …

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Bookies Corner: No hiding from Super Thursday’s electorate judgement

Tomorrow, the electorate of England, Scotland and Wales will head to the polls for critical local and national elections that will shed light on the faultlines running through UK politics in the wake of Britain leaving the EU and a year of the COVID-19 pandemic…  The outcome of ‘Super Thursday’ results will be consequential with regards to PM Boris Johnson …

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SNP warned of inbound job losses over tier-2 casino closures

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been warned by UK casino leaders that “hundreds of Scottish jobs’” have been placed at risk following the SNP’s enforcement that casino venues should be temporarily shut. New Scottish Government COVID-19 emergency measures enforced that any region placed under ‘Level 2’ requires local casinos to close entirely. Bosses have called on the Scottish First …

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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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