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Manchester's £240,000 gamble

21 August 2007

MANCHESTER, England -- As reported by the Manchester Evening News: "Manchester has spent nearly £240,000 of council taxpayers' money on its supercasino bid, the M.E.N. can reveal.

"The figure includes months of painstaking research into the potential social and economic impact of the Las Vegas-style gambling mecca, planned for a site in a deprived part of east Manchester.

"The bid appeared to have paid off when Manchester was selected by an independent panel to host Britain's first supercasino.

"But since then sources close to Gordon Brown have indicated the project is `dead in the water'.

"...The M.E.N. can reveal the cost of winning the supercasino race was £238,000. This included preparation and presentation of the bid, plus £50,000 spent commissioning a consultants' report to prove Manchester would benefit from the project just as much as its coastal rival, Blackpool..."

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