UK PM resignation throws wrench in Gambling Act Review plans

The publication of the Gambling Act white paper review has been thrown into chaos again, after the United Kingdom’s (UK) Prime Minister (PM) Liz Truss’ resignation last Thursday.

The Gambling Act focuses on preventing criminal activities that stem from gambling, works towards ensuring fairer gaming practices, and to “protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling”.

Truss announced her resignation in a speech outside her office in 10, Downing Street, during which she declared that a Conservative Party leadership contest would be held next week to find her successor.

10, Downing Street - Office of the UK PM
10, Downing Street – The Office of the UK Prime Minister.

“This will ensure that we remain on a path to deliver our fiscal plans and maintain our country’s economic stability and national security”, Truss explained.

In her speech, Truss added, “I recognise, though, given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.”

In total, 13 UK Members of Parliaments (MPs) called for Truss to step down.

Truss’ resignation will most likely disrupt the Gambling Act Review process once more, which has arrived at the publication stage of a white paper containing reform plans

Last week, iGB reported that the Gambling Act white paper was “back on track to be published in the coming weeks”, with Betting and Gaming Council Chief Executive Michael Dugher saying that he was expecting the document to be published, “by Christmas”.

While many were expecting the document to be published last July, it was delayed after a number of UK government members resigned.

The document was postponed yet again following UK’s former PM Boris Johnson’s resignation last July.

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