Manchester super-casino gets final nail in the coffin

Gordon Brown has received his fair share of criticism since stepping into Tony Blair’s shoes last year. He can expect more now as it appears as though the government have finally ditched plans for a Las Vegas-style super-casino in Manchester.

Not only that, he can look forward to legal action from Manchester’s city council who are seething and bitter at the decision of having the opportunity of regeneration taken away from them.

The shambolic way the government has handled the casino plans has left those in the opposition parties bewildered and those in Manchester particularly angry.

"What annoys me more than anything is this man came to Manchester, and he actually voted for the casino,” Barbara Taylor, a resident of east Manchester and campaigner for the super-casino, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I just want to know what the government are going to do to put those three thousand jobs back into east Manchester."

“The government’s flip-flops on this have left Manchester’s regeneration plans in tatters and the gambling industry in turmoil,” said Jeremy Hunt, shadow culture secretary.

“Is the government for casinos or against them? No one is left any the wiser by this news.”

Manchester was the surprise choice of the Casino Advisory Panel last January, ahead of Greenwich and Blackpool. However, the House of Lords put a major dent in the plans after throwing out the bill the following March. That bill included the super-casino as well as the 16 smaller casinos – an approach backed by former culture secretary Tessa Jowell.

However, those 16 smaller casinos are expected to be given the green light following a review of the policy when the government returns from next week’s half-term recess.

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