Peacock confirmed as new Gambling Minister – Regulation
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Peacock confirmed as new Gambling Minister – Regulation

Stephanie Peacock MP is the new UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Gambling and Civil Society and Equalities Minister.

Peacock becomes Gambling Minister with immediate effect within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

She served as shadow gambling minister while Labour was in opposition to the previous Conservative government, before its landslide victory in last week’s general election.

Stuart Andrew held the post under the last two Conservative governments.

Peacock to support Nandy at DCMS

An MP since June 2017, Peacock currently represents the constituency of Barnsley South, since the last election. Prior to that, she was the MP for Barnsley East on two occasions.

Peacock will work under Lisa Nandy, who was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport this week. Nandy took up the role after Bristol Central MP Thangam Debbonaire, the shadow minister for DCMS, lost her seat to the Green Party in the general election.

“It is an honour for me to have been invited by the Prime Minister to serve in our new Labour government,” Peacock said on X. “I look forward to starting work at DCMS with Lisa Nandy.”

Peacock White Paper

A major part of Peacock’s remit will be to oversee the changes outlined in the Gambling Law White Paper. Published last April, the paper includes a series of proposals to transform gambling law in Britain.

Some changes have already been made, including a new £2 maximum stake for under-25s playing online slots. Meanwhile, in May, a package of reforms to land-based casinos was announced, including a new 2:1 ratio between Category B machines and Category C and D machines in bingo halls and gaming rooms, and the lifting of the ban on debit card payments for machines.

The next step will be to implement affordability checks for customers, with a six-month pilot programme expected to launch in August.