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Harriet Harman MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour party and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

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Harman: Labour was wrong on gambling

Harriet Harman has admitted the Labour Government was wrong to relax gambling laws that have brought high-stakes gambling machines to bookmakers in Britain. The Shadow Culture Secretary makes the comments in an interview for Channel 4’s Dispatches to be shown tomorrow evening. It comes as bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes have said that more than £12 billion was wagered on their machines in the first half of this year.


Harman hints at DCMS cut

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has cited "well-sourced rumours in Westminster" to back her claims that the Government is considering closing down the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Institute for Economic Affairs estimates that closing DCMS could save around £1.6bn a year, meaning the Government could use the savings for tax cuts. However Downing Street sources have insisted that such a move is "not in the offing".


Equality chief praises Theresa May

The chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has praised the work of Home Secretary Theresa May, saying that she "fights hard" for women's rights. Trevor Philips compared Ms May to Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, whom many call the "patron saint of equality". He said: “Equality is an issue that can transcend politics, and we should judge people not on their political label but what they are doing and what they deliver.”


Harman to attack 'duplicitous' Lib Dems

Harriet Harman will today accuse the Lib Dems of hypocrisy by campaigning at a local level against the cuts they have introduced nationally. Labour's deputy leader will speak in Sheffield, home constituency of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. She told the Independent: "They are trying to hoodwink voters and should be held accountable. They're not an alternative to the Tories - they are all in it together."


Harman urges newspaper regulation

Harriet Harman has urged newspaper owners to agree on a common system of redress and regulation to put before the Leveson Inquiry. The Shadow Culture and Media Secretary said that the new system should be independent, apply to all newspapers and be citizen-centric.


Gambling industry hits out at Harman

Harriet Harman has been criticised by the UK's gambling industry for claiming betting shops blight Britain's high streets. Speaking at the Business in Sport and Leisure conference in London, Ms Harman said that gambling shops were becoming like "mini casinos". But Dirk Vennix, chief executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, said that there was "no evidence" in Ms Harman's suggestion "between problem gambling and the presence of betting shops on the high street".


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