UK PM and his Gambling Minister resign amid gambling review; White Paper publication date now uncertain
Chris Philp, the UK minister responsible for gambling, resigned today. Boris Johnson resigned hours later. PhilP was in charge of the government's review of 2005 Gambling Act. The White Paper on the review is expected to be published in the coming weeks. The government faces reorganization. It was also expected that the outcome of this review regarding betting shirt sponsorships in Premier League football would be announced on July 21. Nigel Huddleston MP, who is also a DCMS undersecretary, has asserted that this is still the case.
Philp was questioned by DCMS oversight committee on the government's gambling agenda. He backed the UKGC’s leadership overhaul, affordability measures and cited confidence DC MS would win Camelot”s $718 million lawsuit against the National Lottery's operating license to Allwyn UK. Philp is one of over 50 MPs calling for Johnson's resignation after a series of scandals and controversies. PM vacated his post today but asked to stay in office until a replacement is appointed.
Philp is resigning as Gambling Minister. He is worried about online casinos and slots. The White Paper is being prepared to tackle problem gambling driven by online gaming. It is also considering a ban on free bets and a maximum stake of £2-$2,43. Gering Commission would be granted new powers.