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Blackpool still fighting for super-casino bid

Tuesday 27th February 2007

Blackpool MPs have rebelled against the decision to award Manchester the UK's first super-casino.

Eighty-one ministers have signed a parliamentary motion rejecting proposals to locate the eagerly awaited gambling den in Beswick.

Blackpool North MP Joan Humble, who led the petition, urged the government to gather members of the panel who made the judgement, which deemed Manchester a more suitable location than Birmingham, to reconsider.

Blackpool MPs have pulled together to lobby the draft gambling bill before final votes are cast.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, said that "virtually all" the members of the scrutiny committee who chose the venue "believe that the panel has not fulfilled its remit against the criteria that both government and parliament set down for it".

He commented to BBC Radio 4: "We are not trying to overturn the main thrust of government policy on the gambling bill. What we are saying is that before there is any vote to confirm their recommendation there needs to be a second look."

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