Tracey Crouch said she was resigning her post due to what she called a deliberate delay on changing betting rules, that will curb betting addiction, a thing she said has become a dangerous habits in the United Kingdom.
In her long resignation letter, Tracey Crouch said moving the date to effect this change to October 2019, will lead to a lot of disastrous events, especially on the sides of addicts and those vulnerable, even in her constituency.
This comes a few hours after Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Budget cut in stakes from £100 to £2 would come into force in October 2019.
Tracy Crouch said pushing back the date was “unjustifiable” and it could cost the lives of problem gamblers. See her letter:
It is with great sadness I have resigned from one of the best jobs in Government. Thank you so much for all the very kind messages of support I have received throughout the day. Politicians come and go but principles stay with us forever.
Your personal support earlier this year for a reduction in the stake of fixed odds betting terminals was incredibly welcomed and a real reflection of your ambitions set out in your very first speech on the steps of Downing streets to support vulnerable people against the power of big business. I cannot begin to explain how many people got in touch to congratulate the Government on its stance, including addicts, their families and also sadly, those who have been left behind after loved ones took their own lives as a consequence of addiction.
Unfortunately, implementation of these changes are now being delayed till October 2019 due to the commitment made by others to those with registered interest. From the time of the announcement to reduce stakes and implementation over £1.6billion will be lost on this machine, a significant amount of which will be in our most deprived areas including my own constituency. In addition, two people will tragically take their lives every day due to gambling-related problems and for that reasons and much as any other I believe this delay is unjustifiable. The alignment of the stake reduction with an increase in remote gambling duty was a condition put on by the Treasury to provide a fiscal neutrality, but it is not a technical necessity, so, there is no reason why implementation cannot come sooner than October.
I know there is never a good time to resign and appreciate that this will be an unwelcome distraction but as the Secretary of State for digital, culture, media and Sports, said in the House this morning it is a fact of Government that Ministers must adhere to collective responsibilities and cannot disagree with policy, let alone when the policy against your wishes relating to your own portfolio.
I would like to place on record my enormous gratitude to the amazing team of civil servants who have helped me over the past three and a half years in the post. I am very proud of what we have achieved in that time, including the Sports strategy. the gambling review, the civil society strategy and of course, the most recent loneliness strategy, which I was humble to lead on your behalf. I have had the privilege of meeting many charities, volunteers and social enterprise working collectively to support and enhance civil society cheered on our summer and winter Olympics and Paralympic athletes and have attended almost every sporting events meeting great sportsmen and women, past. present and future.