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Minister accused of ‘betraying promise’ to reduce FOBT stakes

Tory MPs and Labour press government on delay to fixed-odds betting terminals cap

The government is facing significant pressure from Conservative MPs over its decision to delay implementing a planned reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals, as speculation grows that the minister who led the policy could resign in protest.

Tracey Crouch, a junior culture minister who spearheaded efforts that led to an announcement in May that the maximum stake on FOBTs would be cut from £100 to £2, was missing from ministerial questions on Thursday morning.

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