Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP – Update from Parliament June 2018

This past month, I have been campaigning to protect people who are at risk of becoming addicted to gambling. I have tabled a series of Early Day Motions (EDMs) on the subject. In theory an Early Day Motion is a motion tabled by an MP for debate at the early convenient time. In reality, they never get debated.

However, EDMs have become a useful way of promoting a particular cause or to judge how much support there is for a particular cause or idea.

The Early Day Motions call on the Government to put an end to ATM cash machines in casinos, prohibit the use of credit cards for online betting and prohibit print, pop-up and radio adverts offering free bets.

I have always been concerned at how easy it is to fall into debt through gambling. I have seen first-hand how people’s lives can be ruined.

It is utter madness that we allow credit cards to be used for gambling – and online betting in particular. People are effectively being invited to gamble with money they don’t have. It is totally irresponsible.

I also get very angry when I see, or hear on the radio, people being lured onto gambling websites with offers of free bets.

I have also tabled an EDM calling for a new hospital, centrally located, to serve all the three main towns in west Hertfordshire – Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans.

This is part of my ongoing campaign to get a new, modern, purpose-built, acute hospital to serve the people of Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Watford. The West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust is making a big mistake to focus all efforts on Watford.

We have excellent medical teams in west Herts and they need a new state-of-the-art facility in which to work. A hotchpotch of old crumbling buildings on a site chosen for a Victorian workhouse is not fit for 21st Century medical care.

I believe, and there is a lot supporting evidence, that trying to turn the existing buildings into a slick new hospital will end up costing a lot more and take a lot more time than starting afresh.

Let’s start again, on a greenfield site, with room to allow for expansion, plenty of free – and level – car parking. It’s a no brainer. It would benefit the people of this growing part of the world as well as serve as a well-located backup for any major incidents on the M1, M25, the airports and north-west London.

Further information can be obtained from Sir Mike Penning at mike@penning4hemel.com, telephone 01442 251126

Website penning4hemel.com

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