Tag Archives: Tom Watson

Timeline – How the fate of fobts became such a deep seated issue

As the long awaited triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes looms, it’s seemingly becoming increasingly likely that the result will be a crippling clampdown on the maximum stakes on fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs). Since the introduction of the Gambling Act in 2005, the political maelstrom that has engulfed FOBTs has inevitably intensified the levels of tension, and decreased the levels …

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Labour Party wants mandatory industry levy to tackle problem gambling

The UK Labour Party is expected to announce plans for a compulsory industry levy, which will fund the treatment of problem gambling. UK media reports that the levy plan is being spearheaded by Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who will unveil the policy later today during his Labour 2017 Party Conference speech in Brighton. Under Watson’s plans, a compulsory gambling …

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Betway defends football shirt sponsorship deals

Betway has defended the gambling industry’s ability to sponsor Premier league football shirts in the wake of Labour’s proposals to ban gambling firms sponsoring football shirts. Since February 2015, Betway has been the official shirt sponsor of West Ham United, this season’s extension of the partnership, means The Hammers are one of nine Premier League clubs with a gambling company …

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‘Treat Betting like Tobacco’…Labour pledges to end betting firms sponsoring football clubs

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, wants UK football to ‘play its part in tackling the country’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction’. A new Labour policy proposal, will seek to end football club shirt sponsorships by bookmakers and gambling related firms. Watson has stated to The Guardian newspaper, that the Labour Party will pledge to curb ‘the power of gambling firms’, …

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