Tom Watson

Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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West Bromwich East Labour

Gambling Regulation

There have been votes in Parliament on a number of aspects of the regulation of gambling. Specific votes have been on the powers of local councils to use planning laws to control the numbers, and locations, of betting shops as well as regulations limiting stakes, and prizes, for gambling machines, and the laws governing the operation of casinos.

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Tom Watson generally voted against greater regulation of gambling

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about greater regulation of gambling:

  • On 1 Nov 2004: Tom Watson voted no on Gambling Bill — reasoned amendment on 2nd reading Show vote
  • On 1 Nov 2004: Tom Watson voted yes on Gambling Bill — 2nd reading Show vote
  • On 24 Jan 2005: Tom Watson voted no on Gambling Bill — Casino conditions Show vote
  • On 24 Jan 2005: Tom Watson voted yes on Gambling Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 14 Jun 2005: Tom Watson voted no on National Lottery Bill (Reasoned amendment on second reading) Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2006: Tom Watson voted yes on National Lottery Bill — Clause 14 — Functions Show vote
  • On 28 Mar 2007: Tom Watson voted yes on Gambling (Geographical Distribution of Casino Premises Licences) Order 2007 — 28 Mar 2007 — Division No. 88 Show vote
  • On 28 Apr 2008: Tom Watson voted no on Finance Bill — Clause 21 — Amusement Machine licence duty Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Tom Watson was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — New Clause 31 — Planning Permission for Betting Shops Show vote
  • On 16 Oct 2013: Tom Watson voted to give more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 26 Nov 2013: Tom Watson was absent for a vote on Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill — New Clause 11 — Power to Extend Horserace Betting Levy to Overseas Bookmakers Show vote
  • On 26 Nov 2013: Tom Watson was absent for a vote on Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill — New Clause 14 — Self-Exclusion for Remote Gambling Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2013: Tom Watson voted to increase the stake, and prize, limits for certain categories of gambling machine. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Tom Watson voted to give local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Tom Watson voted to give local government more powers to regulate betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals. Show vote

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