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September 16, 2021

The issue will be treated after the local elections on May 3

UK: Manchester super-casino progress on hold

(UK).- No progress will be made on Manchester’;s super-casino bid until next month at the earliest. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it would be impossible to try to break a stand-off between the House of Commons and the House of Lords over the issue until after the local elections on May 3.


DCMS spokeswoman said that the fact Parliament was on an Easter break until the middle of this month - combined with the start of `purdah’ ahead of the May 3 poll - meant any progress was impossible.

Manchester was selected as the site of Britain’s first supercasino, with more than 1,000 unlimited-jackpot slot machines, by an independent panel earlier this year.

But while the Commons backed the proposal, it was voted down by a majority of just three in the Lords last month. Both Houses must agree before the casino, which could bring nearly 3,000 jobs to Sportcity, can go ahead.

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