British betting industry welcomes Labour Party pledge to ‘strengthen protections’ on gambling regulation in general election manifesto

British betting industry welcomes Labour Party pledge to ‘strengthen protections’ on gambling regulation in general election manifesto

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  • Peter Scargill, Racing Post
June 13, 2024 6:16 PM

Labour’s pledge to work with the gambling industry on reforms to regulation was welcomed by bookmakers following the party’s general election manifesto launch on Thursday.

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Opinion polls give Labour a significant lead over its opponents and the party is expected to form the next government under leader Sir Keir Starmer after the election takes place on July 4.

A white paper containing proposals to reform the 2005 Gambling Act was introduced by the Conservative government last April. In its manifesto, simply titled Change, Labour said it would proceed with reforms to the gambling sector.

The manifesto states: “Labour is committed to reducing gambling-related harm. Recognising the evolution of the gambling landscape since 2005, Labour will reform gambling regulation, strengthening protections.”