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Blair defends casino policy

19 April 2007

LONDON, England – As reported by the Thomson Financial: "UK Prime Minister Tony Blair defended the government's stalled casino policy, insisting that the casinos would bring much needed investment and regeneration to some of Britain's regional cities.

"He also chastised those who opposed the plan to build 17 casinos on morality grounds, saying there were so many avenues to gamble online that casinos could hardly be regarded as against society's norms.

"The government's policy blew up in its face last month when the House of Lords rejected the 'all-or-nothing' proposal put before parliament for a vote.

"…Blair said new plans would be brought forward after the May 3 elections…"

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