SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck MP has called on the Government to bring in tougher regulation for fixed odds betting terminals.
At Culture Questions in Parliament, Mrs Lewell-Buck told Culture Minister Helen Grant the machines have taken in more than £2.8m in South Shields.
She said: “In South Shields, more than £2.8m has been lost on high stakes fixed odds betting terminals.
“Those machines allow players to gamble as much as £100 every 20 seconds, and have already been banned by a number of countries.
“Will the Minister take action to tackle the damage that the machines do, and back Labour’s call to limit the maximum stake on these machines to £2?”
The Minister insisted that fixed odds betting terminals are being kept under review, but did not back further regulation.
Last week, Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs approved a recent review which will allow betting shops to keep the maximum stake for the machines at £100.
Labour MPs opposed the decision.
After the debate, Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “The Government has already missed one opportunity to take action against these machines, and unless Labour MPs keep up the pressure then they will continue to turn a blind eye.
“Fixed odds betting terminals contribute to problem gambling and ruin lives, especially in poorer areas.
“The Government needs to listen to campaigners and Labour MPs and bring in tough regulation now.”