Carolyn Harris calls out remote gambling operators

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On Wednesday Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Carolyn Harris MP demanded online gambling operators address their failure to act on the harm caused by online gambling.

In an evidence of session of the group’s online gambling inquiry, the group heard from the representative organisation for the online gambling industry, the Remote Gambling Association.

Harris, along with Iain Duncan Smith MP and Ronnie Cowan MP, questioned the industry on its actions and steps to address the harm being caused to individuals and families as a result of problematic behaviour.

Harris said “The industry has to start taking responsibility. This is about people’s lives.”

She also called on online gambling operators to appear publicly before the committee to answer questions on the harm they are causing.

The group are calling on online operators to sign up to a strong code of conduct and immediately take steps to limit harm.

The group has extended invitations to online gambling operators to appear at an oral evidence session in September.

Former Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch MP was today elected as Vice-Chair of the APPG.


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