Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, received free tickets worth a total of £5,759 since the general election. He was hosted at 13 horse racing events by Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill and Sky Bet, which also offered him free tickets to the 2017 League One play-off between Millwall and Bradford City.I know Reddit for the most part doesn't vote conservative and I'm preaching to the choir but having a local MP this clearly influenced by the betting companies does cause me a fair amount of concern. Just a reminder that Philip Davies is the same guy who wanted to split Ilkley out of Bradford...
Mr Davies, a backbench MP, chairs the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on betting and gambling.
He has spoken out against restricting FOBTs numerous times in Parliament.
For example, in March 2016, he said:
"The inconvenient truth is that problem gambling rates have reduced since the introduction of fixed odds betting terminals."
And in November of the same year:
"Can the Minister tell us what the point is of reducing the stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals in betting shops when people can go straight on to the internet and play exactly the same games with unlimited stakes?"
The BBC approached Mr Davies for comment but, so far, hasn't received a response. Speaking to the Times, he denied using his links to encourage the government to change its position: "I'm flattered anyone thinks I could be so influential", he said.
Commenting directly on its fixed-odds gaming terminals, a spokesman said: "Ladbrokes machine performance has improved in 2014 largely due to our rolling out of a new product and the growth of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) Online Roulette Guide. In a widely anticipated and welcome move, the UK Government have announced tougher measures on bookies like William Hill on the high street and their fixed odds betting machines (primarily roulette). A £2 cap on bets could be brought in for FOBTs (fixed-odds betting terminals). New rules had been brought into impact in 2018, which noticed fixed odds betting terminals FOBT’s hit with new sanctions. generic as the crack cocaine of the gambling industry, the FOBT’s maximum stakes were slashed from £100 to £2 per guess, however the sports minister Tracey Crouch resigned closing week, over a lengthen in plans to FOBT’s are Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and are found in all betting shops. The main suppliers are SG-Gaming who provide FOBT’s to Ladbrokes and Coral, and Inspired Gaming who supply their betting terminals to Betfred, Paddy Power, William Hill and most independent betting shops.. The content on the betting terminals is often very similar, however both companies have exclusive contracts The commitment comes as ministers consider swingeing restrictions on bookmakers' use of lucrative fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which contribute substantial chunks of the profits recorded
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