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UK casino plans rejected

28 March 2007

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the Blackpool Citizen: "Blackpool could yet get a super-casino after peers inflicted a shock defeat on the Government by narrowly rejecting controversial plans for a super-casino in Manchester and 16 other large and small casinos across the country.

"In a surprise vote in the Lords, peers rejected the Government's regulations by 123 to 120, a majority of just three.

"They backed an amendment by Liberal Democrat Lord Clement-Jones declining to approve the Gambling Order and calling for a joint committee of the Lords and the Commons to look again at the decision making process.

"Moments later, the Commons backed the order by 274 votes to 250, majority 24.

"…Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell swiftly reported to MPs that the Government had 'lost by a small majority on a fatal amendment' in the Lords.

"Plans for a super-casino and 16 other casinos in places like Great Yarmouth, Southampton, Leeds and Milton Keynes had stirred up a coalition of opposition from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, including those opposed to gambling and other Labour MPs angry about the choice of Manchester…"

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