This review can learn from the mistakes of the past 15 years and help to prevent harm to people around the country

More than a year after the Conservatives committed to gambling reform in their election manifesto, the long-awaited review of the 2005 Gambling Act is finally here.

For years a coalition of cross-party MPs, peers and campaigners have called for the reform of a maligned piece of legislation that botched the liberalisation of the market and opened the floodgates to harmful gambling practices. Recognising the popularity of gambling reform, particularly among voters in the former “red wall”, the government is now pressing ahead with a review it first promised in November 2019.

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