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Lords throw Supercasino into doubt

The supercasino, awarded to Manchester in January, is now in doubt, as the House of Lords voted the idea down by only three - the slimmest of margins.
While MPs supported the Gambling Order scheme by 274 to 250 votes, the House of Lords overturned the decision by an even slimmer margin of 123 votes to 120.Sixteen smaller 'large' casinos around the country have also been shelved, although analysts speculate that these would have been approved had they not been tied to the supercasino.The Lords are thought to be unhappy over the selection process that awarded Manchester, and not Blackpool, the supercasino.Because the Lords' defeat was so small, culture secretary Patricia Hewitt may have to accept the verdict of the Commons over the Lords, which could raise the stakes and further jeopardise the supercasino.

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