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The UK’s newly elected Labour government has appointed Stephanie Peacock (pictured), member of parliament for Barnsley South, as its new gambling minister.

Peacock, whose official title is parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), was previously Shadow Minister for Media, Gambling and Sport from 2023, while the Labour Party remained in opposition.

She was elected as MP for Barnsley South last week in the 2024 general election. Prior to that, she was MP of Barnsley East from 2017, a position in which she succeeded Betting and Gaming Council chairman Michael Dugher.

Prior to becoming a politician, Peacock worked as a teacher and later as a political officer for the GMB trade union.

In her new role as gambling minister, she will work under the newly appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Lisa Nandy.

Nandy has been the Labour MP for Wigan since 2010 and previously served as Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Levelling Up Secretary, Shadow Energy Secretary and Shadow International Development Minister while in opposition.

Labour government commits to gambling reform

Last month, near the beginning of its electoral campaign, the Labour Party committed to continuing the work of gambling reform in its manifesto.

“Labour is committed to reducing gambling-related harm,” the manifesto read. “Recognising the evolution of the gambling landscape since 2005, Labour will reform gambling regulation, strengthening protections.

“We will continue to work with the industry on how to ensure responsible gambling.”

The government now picks up where the former Conservative government left off, though it will likely play a limited role in the measures already out for consultation at the Gambling Commission, including plans for so-called ‘affordability checks’.

Several measures, however, will still require primary legislation to be brought forward, and the government will therefore have to pass them through parliament if it wishes to continue with the changes.

These include the planned reforms for the land-based sector, including increasing the number of slot machines at casinos.

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