Angry MP blasts ‘gambling den’ proposal

Angry MP blasts ‘gambling den’ proposal

Thursday, 28 February 2008

An MP from Wolverhampton has lambasted plans for a new casino in his constituency as ‘an ultimate insult’. Ken Purchase, who has been the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East since 1992, hit out at his own Government for approving a new casino in t

An MP from Wolverhampton has lambasted plans for a new casino in his constituency as ‘an ultimate insult’. Ken Purchase, who has been the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East since 1992, hit out at his own Government for approving a new casino in the area, which he argues will hinder Wolverhampton’s fight against drug dealers, gangs and prostitution.
Mr Purchase described the plans as “asking for trouble” and felt that another avenue for residents to gamble was the last thing the area needed.
“It is an ultimate insult to people in Wolverhampton to talk about regeneration on the luck of a game of pitch and toss in a casino,” he raged during an angry tirade in the Commons.
“Indeed it should be outside the Labour lexicon of policies.”
The MP felt so strongly that he spoke about the issue at the House of Commons.
“In Wolverhampton, there are already ample opportunities for gambling with a raft of betting shops, bingo, the racecourse and so on,” he told MPs.
“Indeed, we already generate masses of illicit cash through prostitution and drugs.”
His comments followed current Culture Secretary Andy Burnham’s announcement to Parliament on Tuesday, in which he approved plans for sixteen casinos around the country, including one in Wolverhampton.



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