Scottish Labour leader latest to hit out at FOBTs

6 March 2015

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has become the latest high-profile politician to speak out in support of reducing the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK.

The machines have attracted widespread criticism from figures in both the political and gambling sectors for their addictive nature and the ability for punters to spend up to £300 (€415/$457) in one minute of game time.

Many have called for the maximum stake that can be played on the machines to be reduced from £100 to £2.

Murphy has now spoken out against the machines and signed up to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling to support its ongoing effort to reduce the maximum stake.

“I find it completely unacceptable that people can lose an entire week’s wages in a few minutes with these machines,” Murphy said, according to the Scottish Sunday Mail.

“I want to see a change in the maximum stake. People betting a couple of pounds a time would be a lot more sensible, rather than blowing all they have in a gambling spree lasting a few minutes.”

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