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Flutter Entertainment Appoint Former PM as Advisor on Gambling Law

Former Labour MP, Tom Watson, who was one of parliament’s most virulent campaigners for gambling reform, has now joined the world’s largest online betting company, Flutter Entertainment.

Flutter Entertainment Appoint Former PM as Advisor on Gambling Law
Flutter Entertainment Appoint Former PM as Advisor on Gambling Law

Former Labour MP, Tom Watson, who was one of parliament’s most virulent campaigners for gambling reform, has now joined the world’s largest online betting company, Flutter Entertainment.

 Flutter Entertainment is said to have paid Watson a retainer to advise on tackling gaming issues. The retainer is said to be less than £100,000. This appointment comes in anticipation of the UK Government’s review of gambling law, which could result in changes to the industry’s current regulations. 

“I have a longstanding interest in this sector and have consistently called for action to protect those who may be potentially vulnerable to harm,” said Watson. 

“In taking on this role in Flutter, I intend to get under the bonnet of the business – and the industry more widely – to understand how best to further develop and implement industry-leading responsible gambling policies.

“I strongly believe that working collaboratively with Flutter in this way will allow me to continue to drive positive change.”

Matt Zarb-Cousin, who runs the Clean Up Gambling campaign, was an adviser to Jeremy Corbyn when Watson was Labour deputy leader. Commenting on this appointment, he said:

 “We hope Flutter doesn’t stand in the way of the reforms their new adviser once proposed.”

This is not the first role Watson has taken on in the private sector since leaving Westminster. He also became chairman of UK Music, where his fellow former Labour MP Michael Dugher was chief executive until leaving to lead the Betting & Gaming Council (BGC). The BGC lobbies on behalf of online casinos and bookmakers.

As Labour’s deputy leader, Watson led a review that saw the party reverse the stance taken under the leadership of Tony Blair, whose government introduced the 2005 Gambling Act. 



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