BGC urges new DCMS boss to continue with an “evidence-led” gambling reform

The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has voiced its support for the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Nadine Dorries.

This comes following the UK cabinet reshuffle that took place this week.

Nadine Dorries to takeover DCMS

Earlier this week, Nadine Dorries was appointed as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The appointment came as part of UK Primeminister Boris Johnson’s reshuffling of his cabinet earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his cabinet, removing several key ministers including former education secretary Gavin Williamson, Robert Jenrick, who was housing secretary, and Robert Buckland, who was justice secretary.

In her new position, Dorries will lead the ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act, which will address different aspects of the gambling industry such as gambling protections for under 25s and both online and land-based gambling operations.

Dorries will replace former DCMS boss Oliver Dowden, who will now take on the role of party co-chairman for the conservatives.

Dorries previously held the role of Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety.

As part of the reshuffle, John Whittingdale, who oversaw the UK gambling space, was removed from his Minister for Media and Data within DCMS. Earlier this year, Whittingdale took over the review of the Gambling Act from Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston.

It is not yet known who will take over Whittingdale’s position within the department.

BGC welcomes Dorries’ appointment

The BGC has welcomed the appointment of Dorries with Michael Dugher, chief executive of the BGC saying it was “well deserved.”

Dugher said: “On behalf of the 119,000 people whose jobs are supported by our members – from the high street to hospitality, from tourism to tech – I’d like to congratulate Nadine Dorries on her well-deserved promotion as Secretary of State for DCMS.

“We have been working extremely closely with the DCMS over very many months to help the Government find the right balance in the Gambling Review, so that we continue to drive big changes and higher standards on safer gambling to better protect the most vulnerable, whilst at the same time ensuring that the millions of people who enjoy an occasional flutter perfectly safely and responsibly have the freedom to do so. It is vital the Government continues with it’s evidence-led approach.

“We also want to play our part in helping Britain to build back better from the pandemic, as shown by our support for the Government’s Plan For Jobs.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to John Whittingdale, the outgoing minister who was leading on the Review, for his willingness to engage with the industry. I’d like to thank the outgoing Secretary of State, Oliver Dowden, for his support, especially when so much of our sector was closed during the Covid lockdowns. I wish Oliver all the very best in his new important role at the Cabinet Office.”