Medway Labour Leader backs campaign against gambling ads
The Leader of the Medway Labour and Co-operative Group has declared his support for the Coalition Against Gambling Ads (CAGA).
The movement seeks to publicise the harms that prominent gambling advertisements have caused in our society, and calls for the end of the links between the betting industry and football through the form of sponsorship deals.
At the Westminster leg of CAGA’s national awareness tour, Cllr Vince Maple, Leader of the Medway and Co-operative Group said:
‘The simple fact is in the UK we have 55,000 children addicted to gambling. That is 55,000 too many.
‘Undoubtedly one way to reduce that number is by removing gambling advertising. Whether it is football shirts or banner ads on websites all of these add to the pressure on vulnerable children.
‘As I have always said I am not anti-gambling but I am anti problem gambling and advertising in this way should not continue. I thank the Coalition against Gambling Ads for highlighting this issue and I’ll do all I can to help move this important issue forward.’
Cllr Maple will raise the issue when Medway Council debates its Gambling Policy Statement on October 7th.