Tag Archives: Tracey Crouch

Rebel MPs seek to force Treasury’s hand over FOBTs

The Treasury’s decision to delay the implementation of a £2 maximum stake on fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs) until October has led to a revolt amongst Tory MPs. Defiance over the delay has mounted since Tracey Crouch resigned from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) in the immediate aftermath of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s controversial budget announcement. Whilst Theresa May places her …

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DCMS appoints Mims Davies as new UK Sports Minister

The UK government has confirmed that Eastleigh MP Miriam ‘Mims’ Davies will join the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) as new UK Sports Minister replacing Tracey Crouch. Crouch, who had served as UK Sports Minister since 2015, resigned last week in protest of the government’s ‘delayed’ FOBTs £2 wagering reduction, which had been confirmed for October 2019 …

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Winning Post: Crouch bows out with “alternative facts”

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Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column. UK: Politics – Crouch bows out with “alternative facts” Last week’s resignation of Tracey Crouch as UK minister for sport (and gambling) marked a new low in the recent history of Britain’s …

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Sports Minister Tracey Crouch says bye to DCMS over FOBTs delay

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UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has resigned from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS), in relation to the government’s delay in implementing its £2 FOBTs stake reduction. Crouch had served as Sports Minister since 2015, leading the government’s relations with the UK betting and gambling sectors. Monday’s 2018 Budget announcement saw the Treasury confirm that it would implement …

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Online taxes to rise as FOBT stakes slashed to £2 despite evidence

The government has rejected advice from the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and cut stakes on B2 Gaming Machines – FOBTs – down from £100 to £2. The announcement was made this morning by DCMS minister Tracey Crouch and could have wide repercussions for the retail betting industry, horseracing and online gaming operations. Both William Hill CEO Philip …

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UKGC mulls credit betting restrictions

UK gambling policy stakeholders are considering banning or severely restricting betting transactions undertaken through credit verticals, in a move to protect national gambling consumers. The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is reported to be considering drastic actions on limiting credit cards with a view to reducing ‘the risk that consumers will gamble more than they can afford’. “We will consider prohibiting …

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UKGC outlines plans to further safeguard minors from gambling

The Gambling Commission has outlined fresh plans to make gambling online in Britain safer, undertaking an overhaul to gambling marketing whilst also delivering a fresh approach to age verification.  A key focus of the new plans involves further protecting children from potentially being exposed to gambling, by banning operators from providing free-to-play demo games until a consumer’s age has been …

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Matt Hancock leads DCMS in critical year for UK gambling sector

West Suffolk MP, Matt Hancock has been promoted to Secretary of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following yesterday’s Conservative government cabinet reshuffle. Hancock (39), has served DCMS as Minister of Digital & Culture since 2016 and will replace Karen Bradley as leader of the department overseeing UK media and culture; standards, promotions, regulatory policies and social practices. In its …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Last chance saloon

In all my 35 years advising the UK’s gambling industry I can think of no time when it has been so besieged with adverse criticism from the Government, the Parliamentary Opposition, regulators, the media and the general public alike.  Clearly opinions on gambling (whether justified, exaggerated or prejudiced) expressed in the media heavily influence public opinion. The opinions expressed by …

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