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UK Tory Leader to Kill Gambling Bill

4 April 2005

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the UK Observer: "Tory leader Michael Howard is ready to kill the controversial Gambling Bill, in a move that will spread panic among gambling firms and hit their already shaky share prices.

"Key shadow cabinet members are telling him to refuse to back the government's measure in a move which they hope will see him undermine Labour before next month's election. The bill requires opposition support or it will run out of time, as Thursday is expected to be the last day parliament sits.

"The move is likely to infuriate the casino industry. Howard is being advised by shadow culture minister John Whittingdale to demand that Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell halve the eight supercasinos proposed.

"…The government is prepared to allow the 140 existing casinos to offer £4,000 prizes in slot machines, double the current jackpot…"

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