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UK Panel Chair Denies Hidden Agenda

3 February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by icBirmingham: "The man responsible for deciding the location of Britain's first Las Vegas-style casino insisted he had an "entirely open mind" as he formally invited councils to submit bids.

"Professor Stephen Crow, chairman of the panel reviewing proposals for a regional super casino, said no decisions have been made.

"It followed claims that the decision had already been made to award the casino to Blackpool, leaving the West Midlands the cold.

"…Coventry and Solihull are both hoping to be chosen, while Birmingham is still deciding whether to submit a bid and has appointed chartered accountants KPMG to advise it.

"…Prof Crow said: 'We know that there has been a great deal of speculation about where the 17 new regional, large and small casinos are to be located.

"'We have already done some background research on the subject but until we see all the evidence, we are keeping entirely open minds and have no preconceived ideas where the casinos should go.'…"

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