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Alex Chalk MP visits Ladbrokes to congratulate John Page on his 30 year service

 

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Ladbrokes on Cheltenham High Street welcomed a special VIP guest on Saturday. Alex Chalk, Conservative MP for Cheltenham, popped in to congratulate John Page on his 30 years of service to the industry.

Staff and customers alike joined him in thanking John for his extraordinary dedication over the course of his career. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate his achievement.

The visit also provided staff at the busy shop with the chance to talk to Mr Chalk about the Back Your Local Bookie campaign. They showed him first-hand the positive contribution our high street bookmakers make to our economy, to sport, and to local communities across the country.

Betting shops directly employ over 43,000 people and contribute more than £1bn in tax each year to the Treasury and are at the forefront of developing and introducing responsible gambling measures.

More than that, they are at the heart of our local communities, helping people enjoy sport.

Betting shops are closing at a rate of over 100 per year, however, contributing to the decline of our high streets.

In Cheltenham, home of the racing industry, there are of course very real concerns over the impact of further regulation on bookies and the harm this could do to the industry.

People there want to remain free to have a flutter on the races and other sporting events, and they value their local bookies. This was abundantly clear during Mr Chalk’s visit.

Once politicians set foot in a shop they can see, with their own eyes, the enthusiasm and community spirit you find there. This is important as it is clear that the media don’t understand our industry. We are continually mispresented and it only takes a quick visit to the local bookies to see the truth first hand.

We will be involving many more MPs in our BYLB campaign. Please do get in touch if you already have MP visits scheduled. And remember, this is our chance to get the message across: please continue to encourage colleagues, customers, friends and family to sign our petition so we can make our voice heard at this critical time

Congratulations to John Page for his wonderful years of service in Cheltenham!

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