The Tory MP leading the campaign against plans to crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has received hospitality from bookies worth more than £14,000.

Philip Davies has been busily protesting after the Government announced this week that it is considering cutting the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to between £50 and £2.

Tory gambling minister Tracey Crouch said there was “strong evidence” about the risks of gaming machines which allow gamblers to stake up to £300 every minute.

But Davies accused his own party’s government of of “just playing to the gallery” in a debate about the move in the Commons on Tuesday.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he called the plans “childish” and said: This is just people who don’t like bookmakers targeting betting shops.”

On neither occasion did Davies, whose parents owned a betting shop, point to his own interests in the issue. But we’re happy to do so:

February 2011: 

Six years after being an elected an MP, Davies registered his first freebie from a bookmaker – hospitality from Ladbrokes at the Cheltenham Festival, a prestigious horse racing event, worth £870. 

Between March 2013 and March 2014: 

Two years later, Davies registered gifts from Ladbrokes and Coral worth £2,100. That included hospitality at Cheltenham, Doncaster and Sandown races, as well as at Royal Ascot.

Between March 2014 and July 2015: 

Davies accepted three gifts from Coral bookmakers worth £1,050.

They were hospitality at Cheltenham races, Royal Ascot and the Coral-Eclipe race at Sandown park.

Between July 2015 and September 2016: 

Davies’ freebies from bookies peaked as he accepted gifts from three bookmakers – Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfair – worth £5,321. 

That included three tickets to Royal Ascot, tickets and hospitality at Sandown race course and tickets to the Community Shield football match at Wembley.

Between September 2016 and October 2017:

Davies accepted gifts from Ladbrokes, William Hill, Coral and Skybet worth a £5,055. 

That included tickets to the Conservative party conference dinner, as well as tickets and hospitality to prestigious horse racing events at Royal Ascot and Cheltenham and the League One play-off final at Wembley.

That takes Davies’ total winnings to a whopping £14,496.

Davies has not broken Parliamentary rules – MPs can accept freebies provided they declare them.

But his opposition to restrictions on bookmakers is the safest bet in town…

  1. I’d just like to remind people that almost no-one in Shipley votes for this slug. They’ve bolted on lots of inbred little villages to turn what should be a labour marginal into a tory safe.

  2. I’m from one of those inbred villages and it’s true. His support is dying down, though. His majorly was halved last election and a silver lining to the boundary changes, if passed, would mean he’d lose his seat and his former constituency would merge with many Labour voting ones.

  3. Is this the same Philip Davies who attempted to filibuster a bill dealing with domestic abuse of women? It surely is! So now Shipley constituents, you see this creature for what he is. Consign him to the past.

  4. It is the same Philip Davies. He loves to filibuster.

    Honestly, anyone who has ever voted for this gimpoid needs their brains examining, preferably by a qualified chef.

  5. He’s known as Filibuster Phil for being successful at talking bills to death.

    The bill of voting age has just received the same tory tactic……

  6. Take a look at the new electoral boundaries being proposed you will se they are trying to increase the inbred villages to bolster his position. You need to object now or he will keep hold of his seat.

  7. Jennifer Jones says:

    We are an active and growing CLP Labour Branch in Shipley. What many people around the country don’t realise is that Shipley constituency extends almost to Ilkley and to some very prosperous areas (Menston, Burley-in Wharfedale, and Cullingworth). We are at the moment selecting our parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming general election (very soon we hope) and if Jane Aitchison wins and becomes our parliamentary candidatethen we can say goodbye to PD.

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