Tag Archives: John Whittingdale

Whittingdale exits DCMS as gambling awaits Ministerial re-assignment

John Whittingdale, the DCMS minister overseeing the review of the 2005 Gambling Act, has been removed from his position in PM Boris Johnson’s latest cabinet reshuffle. The minister will be returning the backbenches, and will allegedly be replaced by former Cabinet Office Parliamentary Secretary Julia Lopez, MP for the Greater London constituency of Hornchurch and Upminster. Despite her promotion to …

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Nadine Dorries to lead DCMS as gambling judgements loom

PM Boris Johnson has called for a change of leadership at DCMS, appointing Nadine Dorries as new Culture Secretary, replacing Oliver Dowden. Called to Number-10 this afternoon, Dorries the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire was confirmed as DCMS new leader, promoted from her previous role as Minister of Mental Health for the Department of Health and Social Care. The Ministerial reshuffle, saw …

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Michael Dugher: Gambling ads not singled out by consumers

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The viewing public find advertising to be ‘annoying’ in general, not gambling advertising in particular, according to Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Chief Executive Michael Dugher. Writing in parliamentary magazine The House, the BGC CEO, and former Shadow Secretary of State for the DCMS, criticised ‘prohibitionists from the anti-gambling lobby’, although acknowledged that the industry is ‘reassured’ by the ‘evidence-based …

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Coalition Against Gambling Ads bus tour aims to place blackout advocates with policy stakeholders 

Members of the Coalition Against Gambling Ads (CAGA) a not-for-profit campaign seeking to end all advertising and sponsorships of gambling brands, will embark on its ‘Park the Bus’ tour of Britain this September.  The five-day tour, which will commence on Monday 6 September, aims to raise awareness of the devastating consequences of normalising gambling adverts on UK consumers and young …

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DCMS opens consultation on National Lottery’s retail sales mechanism

The DCMS has launched a consultation on whether the government should implement a new retail sale mechanism for National Lottery products. The consultation has been launched in light of the government increasing the purchase age of National Lottery products from 16-to-18 – a change that was implemented by UK retailers last April, six months ahead of legislation coming into force …

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Michael Dugher: No evidence to support gambling advertising ban

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has voiced his criticisms of calls for a ban on gambling advertising during the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship, stating that campaigners’ demands are ‘not backed up by the evidence’. Writing in parliamentary magazine The House, Dugher referenced ITV’s recent decision to ‘significantly reduce’ the number of gambling-related advertisements …

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Ruth Davidson documentary places primetime spotlight on Gambling Review

Channel 4 will air tonight ‘Football’s Gambling Addiction’ (7:30-8:30 pm), an investigation of football’s current relationship with gambling brands, led by former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. The documentary was commissioned last month by the terrestrial broadcaster, which had recruited the former minister and journalist to lead an investigation of football’s ‘intertwined relationship with betting and gambling operators’. In its …

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Affordability checks rumoured to be sidelined as DCMS focuses on UKGC shake-up

Plans for the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to conduct advanced affordability checks as a result of the review of the UK’s betting and gaming regulations may be shelved due to the findings of the consultation, according to a report by The Telegraph. The enforcement of applied affordability checks on all UK gamblers wagering over £100 a month has been submitted …

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UKGC warned over Football Index ‘pyramid scheme’ in January 2020

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) allegedly received a warning regarding betting exchange Football Index in January 2020, describing the website as a ‘dangerous pyramid scheme’. According to The Guardian, a document was sent to the UKGC, notably highlighted issues surrounding Football Index’s dividends, which it argued resembled the activities of a pyramid scheme. The report estimated that in January 2020, …

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DCMS urged to take immediate action on Football Index collapse

MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) have directed further criticism at the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) regarding the collapse of betting exchange Football Index. Writing a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group of legislators described the demise of the operator and the losses its customers suffered as a ‘scandal,’ and have cited …

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