Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Thank you for contacting me about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

I want to see a responsible gambling industry which protects players and I fully support a reduction in the stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. I believe these machines, which allow people to gamble away hundreds of pounds very easily and quickly, have caused untold misery to many people, including my own constituents.

I am pleased that the Government has agreed to reduce the stake to £2 per play. However, I am dismayed that the implementation of this has been delayed until October 2019 and I think the previous sports minister, Tracey Crouch MP, did the right thing by resigning her position over the issue. I will support colleagues in all efforts to bring the implementation forward if we can.