Labour Manifesto Attempts To Rebalance Gambling And Football

Through releasing its party manifesto on Thursday, Labour reveals that if it wins the UK General Election on 12 December, it will be sanctioning a new’ Gambling Act.’

Presenting the ‘Real Change Manifesto,’ party leader Jeremy Corbyn said there was a need for a new Gambling Act to reform betting ads, make British gambling laws ‘fit for digital age.’

A proposed Gambling Act would include, in addition to advertisements, the creation of’ gambling caps’ and the implementation of a compulsory tax on operators funding UK problem gambling support networks.

Corbyn’s short statement on gambling supports the introduction of’ consumer compensation mechanisms,’ a dynamic first broached by former Labour Deputy Tom Watson, who called for a civic ombudsman monitoring consumer commitments to oversee the UK gambling industry.

Elsewhere Corbyn points out questions about football’s availability, pricing, and financing, as the Labour Party promises to examine the state of the game.

Jeremy Corbyn states: “In football, the professional game has become divided between the extremes of the very rich and the very poor with clubs in Bury and Bolton facing collapse.”

Labour would approve a review of soccer governance and regulations, focusing on ownership rules, club funding, supporters treatment, and additional community dynamics.

“We will review the ‘fit and proper person test’ for club owners and directors and ensure that supporters’ trusts have a proper role so that the professional game is properly run for all its fans and all its clubs.”

A Labour government would ‘legislate for accredited football supporter trusts’, that would be able to buy shares in the community and appoint or remove’ at least two club directors.’

Mirroring Lib Dem pledges, Labour supports the regulation of’ safe stadium standing’ and states that it will enforce the allocation of a proportion of Premier League TV rights to the development of grassroots football initiatives.

Corbyn concludes the sports section of the manifesto by announcing that the ICC Cricket World Cup will be added to the free-to-air crown jewel sporting events.