On 6th December, SME4Labour will be launching the Labour Campaign for Gambling Reform (LCGR), to be hosted and chaired by Carolyn Harris MP, chair of the APPG on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Jo Stevens MP and Matt Zarb-Cousin - spokesperson for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and former spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn - will join Carolyn Harris, with more speakers TBA.
Please join us in House of Commons Committee Room 12 from 7 to 8.30 pm on Wednesday 6th December.
On 31st October, the government released a long-awaited report into FOBTs ahead of a 12-week consultation period. When the consultation period ends in January 2018, the government will come to a decision about cutting the maximum bet on machines per spin from £100. The Labour Party advocates a £2 cap for FOBTs, but under the Conservatives it could remain obscenely high at £20, £30, or even £50 per spin.
At this launch of the LCGR in parliament, MPs and experts will discuss the way forward and how Labour should respond to the consultation. We will also discuss the economic damages gambling addiction causes local communities, and therefore local small businesses, and how Labour should proceed on the issue of gambling reform after January - regardless of the decision the government comes to on FOBTs.
Please register here or email firstname.lastname@example.org