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Blair's Fundraiser Met with MGM Mirage

25 October 2004

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the BBC: "Tony Blair's chief fundraiser met a high-ranking executive of the world's biggest casino firm weeks before the government published plans to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in Britain.

"The private meeting with Lord Levy in the House of Lords raises fresh questions about Labour's links to American gambling companies and why the prime minister appears so keen to rush through laws allowing huge casino resorts to be built in Britain.

"…Levy, who has raised millions for the Labour party in the past decade and is building up a war chest for next year's expected general election campaign, met Lloyd Nathan, MGM's European chief, in the summer.

"Levy's spokesman said the appointment was 'purely a social meeting' and that the peer 'knows zero about gambling and has no connection to the current proposals'. He said that Nathan is the brother of Elliot Nathan who is best friends with Levy's son Daniel.

"MGM Mirage is one of the companies that will benefit most from the gambling bill, which is likely to become law next year…"

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