November 14, 2018

Gambling with Lives: Time for Action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Today I met Judith and Francesca in Parliament. Judith’s son Chris (pictured below), who was Francesca’s partner, took his own life last year, aged 25, as a direct result of his gambling addiction. Judith fought back tears while she told me that Chris had everything in his life; a loving family, girlfriend, a really good job and he was fit, …

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January 23, 2018

Open Letter to the Government on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

I have today signed my Labour colleague Carolyn Harris’s open letter to the Government, asking for the maximum stake to be reduced from the current £100 to £2. Here is the letter in full:   Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport 100 Parliament St London SW1A 2BQ   23 January 2018   Dear …

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June 28, 2017

My Question to the Prime Minister June 2017

Today I got my chance to ask the Prime Minister a question in the House of Commons. I asked her about what plans her Government had to deal with problem gambling and the Fixed Odds Betting Machines that are now in all of our bookies.   “I know the Prime Minister is well aware of the misery and suffering caused …

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