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Gordon Brown u-turns over casino plans
Rosa Prince

Sixteen new casinos are to be given the go-ahead - six months after Gordon Brown signalled a retreat from plans to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Britain.

The Prime Minister was roundly praised by charities and Church groups last summer for announcing a surprise review of the 2005 Gambling Act, which paved the way for eight small, eight large and one massive regional gambling centre in Manchester.

According to a letter sent to the Scottish and Welsh governments, the 16 smaller casinos are to proceed, while the supercasino will be shelved.

The news was greeted with outrage in Manchester, where council leaders had hoped to use the supercasino as a means to regenerate a rundown area in the east of the city.

Jeremy Hunt, the shadow culture secretary, said: "The inconsistency of this policy means that no one really thinks the Government's review, which was announced amid great fanfare, was anything more than a political stunt.".....Article conts (-)

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