Glasgow has become the capital of the high stakes machines called fixed-odds betting terminals(FOBTs).
Yesterday, Ed Miliband warned that the 33,000 machines were causing major problems for families and individuals up and down Britain. But a demand for councils to be given stronger controls failed to win the support of Coalition rebels as the UK Government won a Commons vote by 314 to 232, a majority of 82. It says it will act if a review shows tighter regulation is needed.
The Labour leader pointed out that one in three calls to the gambling helpline was now about FOBTs, which were clustered in deprived areas