Sports minister Tracey Crouch has resigned from the government over a delay imposed by Chancellor Philip Hammond to cuts to maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) – often called ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’ and blamed for huge damage to lives and families. Hammond had announced the cut would not now take place until October next year.
Ms Crouch had failed to appear in the Commons this afternoon for an urgent question about the timing of the cut, leading to predictions of a resignation that have now been fulfilled.
A rare principled resignation by a Tory minister merely serves to underscore the shambles of Theresa May’s government.
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