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September 22, 2020

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.

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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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