High Street Betting Shops Under Political Attack

HIGH STREET BETTING SHOPS UNDER POLITICAL ATTACK

13th January, 2013 at 00:34:58
Source: http://www.azonlinecasinos.com

Labour Party's deputy leader says they are "a blight on London's high streets.

The British Labour Party's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, has followed attacks on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals by other Labour politicians (see previous reports) by characterising betting shops as "a blight on London high streets."

According to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, a total of 9.5 billion was spent on gambling in the capital in 2012, almost a quarter of the UK total. There are 1,773 betting shops in London.

Harman, who is also the shadow Culture Secretary, said: "There is an absolute proliferation of gambling shops and it's causing a blight on people's lives but it's also causing a blight on our high streets.

"We're saying to the government they must let local people decide if they don't want betting shops and that means changing the planning laws."

Association of British Bookmakers chief Dirk Vennix said: "We have millions of customers that are happy to come into our shops. We employ around 30,000 people in London and we contribute around 600 million to the local economy."

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