TV and online betting adverts should be banned during games, says deputy Labour leader Tom Watson

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Television and online gambling adverts should be banned during live sporting events, a new Labour policy suggests.

Under a major overhaul of gambling laws, adverts would be outlawed from up to five minutes before kick off and five minutes after the final whistle.

The report, by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, follows a year-long review of problem gambling. 

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, above, said problem gambling was a 'public health emergency'. The new report calls for Premier League football clubs  to end sponsorship deals with gambling firms

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, above, said problem gambling was a 'public health emergency'. The new report calls for Premier League football clubs  to end sponsorship deals with gambling firms

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, above, said problem gambling was a ‘public health emergency’. The new report calls for Premier League football clubs to end sponsorship deals with gambling firms

It states the ‘explosion’ in online gambling was ‘unforeseen’ by the 2005 Gambling Act, passed by the last Labour government, which liberated gambling laws. 

As well as a ban on sport adverts, the report calls for a ban on credit card betting and a new tax on gambling firms of 1 per cent of revenues, used to fund treatment of addicts.  

There would also be new rules to allow addicts to tell their banks to block debit card transactions, and a ban on free-to-play gambling games for under-18s.

Mr Watson said problem gambling was a ‘public health emergency’. 

Premier League football clubs would be told to end sponsorship deals with gambling firms, with the threat of a ban.

Existing laws ban gambling adverts before the 9pm watershed, but a loophole allows them before 9pm when linked to a live sports event.

During the Moscow World Cup, one in six adverts around matches was from a gambling firm, analysis found.

Last night Labour faced accusations of hypocrisy, with critics pointing to the negative effects of the 2005 Gambling Act.

Tory MP Chris Skidmore said: ‘Labour liberalised the gambling market. 

‘We are correcting their mistakes.’ 

There are about 25,000 problem gamblers aged between 11 and 16 in the UK.

During the Moscow World Cup, one in six adverts around matches was from a gambling firm, analysis found. Under a major overhaul of gambling laws, adverts would be outlawed from up to five minutes before kick off and five minutes after the final whistle

During the Moscow World Cup, one in six adverts around matches was from a gambling firm, analysis found. Under a major overhaul of gambling laws, adverts would be outlawed from up to five minutes before kick off and five minutes after the final whistle

During the Moscow World Cup, one in six adverts around matches was from a gambling firm, analysis found. Under a major overhaul of gambling laws, adverts would be outlawed from up to five minutes before kick off and five minutes after the final whistle




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