New UK PM appoints new gambling head


The UK has a new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, and one of her first duties has been to appoint a new cabinet of ministers, This includes a new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the department in charge of gambling legislation.

The new Secretary of State for DCMS is Michelle Donelan, Member of Parliament for Chippenham, in Wiltshire, who previously served as Minister of State for Higher & Further Education,

Michael Dugher, CEO of the UK’s Betting & Gaming Council (BGC), congratulated Ms. Donelan, saying: “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 would like to congratulate Michelle Donelan on her new role as Secretary of State for DCMS. Our industry generates £4.5bn ($5.17bn) in taxes for the Treasury and contributes £7.7bn for the economy in gross value added.”

With the long-awaited review of the Gambling Act still seemingly no nearer to a conclusion, it is not known whether Ms. Donelan’s appointment will accelerate the process or result in even more delays.