Gordon Brown has axed the proposed Manchester super-casino, in a surprise announcement during a reply in his second session of Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.
Brown was reponding to a question about gambling. Labour backbencher Andy Reed said that most people thought that a super casino would increase problem gambling.Brown replied that, 'This is an issue on which there is no consensus found in the two houses of parliament. I hope that during these summer months we can look at whether regeneration in the areas for the super-casinos maybe a better way of meeting their economic and social needs than the creation of super-casinos.'Whitehall sources later said the idea was 'dead in the water', but 16 smaller casinos could still go ahead. The bill had won a narrow victory in the commons in January, but was defeated by a margin of three in the Lords.Sir Richard Leese, Greater Manchester council leader said he would, 'continue to push for a destination casino in east Manchester which we believe will deliver the maximum regeneration benefits for the area,' he said.