Blair facing challenges on proposed British Casinos
By staff
Tony Blair is facing calls for a promise he will not weaken money laundering laws to attract foreign casino operators to the UK.

The Conservative demands come after papers about government talks with casino firms about the rules last year.

The Tories say there are 'clear discrepancies' between the documents and what ministers told Parliament.

The government denies the claim and says there is no question of diluting money laundering rules.

The issue surfaced during talks over new gambling laws, which are set to allow the UK's first 'super casino'.

Casino operators were worried proposed European money-laundering rules would force them to obtain 'satisfactory evidence of identity' of any person gambling in a casino.

This could reinstate the 'members only' rules the new laws were supposed to abolish, they argued.

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