|The U.K. Gambling Bill, has passed its first test in the House of Commons on Monday, despite significant opposition from back bench MPs. Parliament voted 286 to 212 to approve the legislation and it will now be sent to parliamentary committee for further scrutiny. The majority of 74 is slender, considering that the governing Labour Party holds 407 of 659 seats in the House, and suggests a significant rebellion among the Labour ranks. |
During the preceding debate Labour and former Cabinet Minister MP Frank Dobson attacked the controversial Bill stating, ”This represents the worst possible type of legislation. It is both wrong and unpopular.”
“I know that passions are running high,' responded Tessa Jowell, the Cabinet secretary for the DCMS. “The government will listen to the views of members who make constructive proposals.'
Following examination by the parliamentary committee, the Bill will return to the Commons in its final form for a third reading. In British law, once a measure passes three readings, it then goes to the House of Lords, which offers amendments, that Commons may accept or reject, before becoming law.