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UK Government Could Renege on Agreement

15 April 2005

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the UK Guardian: "The government could renege on an agreement to build only one super casino and instead allow at least four, it emerged today.

"Labour sources have confirmed that the government could exploit a loophole in new gambling legislation that would give permission for up to eight regional casinos, despite its deal with the Conservatives to build just one.

"Last week, the culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, brokered a deal with her Conservative shadow, John Whittingdale, to push the gambling bill through parliament before it dissolved. In exchange, the government agreed to allow just one of the controversial regional super casinos.

"But the legislation, which was passed last Monday, carries a clause that could allow the government to build up to eight super casinos provided they have the support of local authorities and parliament.

"…According to Labour sources quoted in the Times today, the government could initially use this loophole to increase the number of super casinos to four…"

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