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Blair: 'Casinos Will Bring Jobs'

27 October 2004

UK -- As reported by the BBC: "Allowing dozens of casinos to be built in the UK would bring multi-million pound investment and thousands of jobs to deprived areas, Tony Blair has said.

"Facing MPs' questions on proposals in the Gambling Bill, the PM insisted that 90% of the legislation was concerned with tightening gambling laws.

"The government could face a rebellion from some of its own MPs when the Bill is discussed in the Commons on Monday.

"Opponents fear the controversial changes could fuel gambling addiction.

"Culture minister Lord McIntosh was trying to reassure Labour MPs about the plans in a private meeting on Wednesday.

"...The government is expected to face rebellion from some of its own MPs when the Bill is discussed in the Commons on Monday.

"Lord McIntosh was expected to explain the proposed reforms in a Labour Party committee on the Department of Culture..."

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