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Bingo Association reception

The All Party Parliamentary Bingo Group and The Bingo Association jointly hosted a reception in Parliament on 24th April 2013. The event was an opportunity for representatives of the bingo industry to discuss issues affecting the sector and for MPs to hear more about the work of the Association. The bingo industry’s campaign to see its tax rate reduced is gathering momentum and this reception saw the largest turnout of MPs to date.

The keynote speaker at the event was Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism who also has responsibility for gambling at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Hugh Robertson, the first minister to agree to address the bingo industry at this event, focused on the excellent work that bingo contributes to communities and economies around the country. He also referred to the industry’s taxation issues, pledging to make bingo’s case to Treasury in the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review, which is the first time DCMS has taken this step.

The guests also heard from The Bingo Association’s CEO, Miles Baron, who talked about the progress he has made in growing the Association’s membership, notably with Gala re-joining, as well as welcoming the new categories of membership which now form part of The Association. He also mentioned how the industry is seeking to innovate and attract new customers. Miles emphasised the need for the rate of taxation that bingo pays to be reduced to a level that puts it on the same rate as the wider gambling industry, rather than the current 20% tax rate which is restricting growth and acting as a barrier to investment.

Hugh Robertson MP

Other political attendees at the reception included the Chair of the Bingo All Party Parliamentary Group, Brian Binley MP; Minister for Localism and Community Rights Don Foster MP; Shadow Treasury Minister Cathy Jamieson MP; Former Gambling Minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP; Special Advisor to the Secretary of State at DCMS Nick King; and former Shadow Gambling Minister Ian Austin MP.


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