Labour Demands Online Stake Limits, New Gambling Act

Influential MP Tom Watson has vowed to rip up the UK's 2005 Gambling Act and replace it with a new law that will impose stake, prize and play limits on online gambling if the Labour Party gains power.

In a speech due to be delivered this morning, Watson will call for the introduction of "Category E" games, which will mirror the limits currently placed on physical gambling machines for online games.

The current Gambling Act, he will say, is a piece of "analogue legislation not fit for the digital age" that contains more references to the British Postal Service than the internet.

Watson is both deputy leader of the Labour Party and its shadow secretary for the Department of Digital, Media, Culture & Sport (DCMS).

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