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Michelle Donelan: BGC welcomes another new Secretary of State for DCMS

There has been plenty of change at the UK Government's top table this week, following the appointment of Liz Truss as the country's new Prime Minister.

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Naturally, Truss has selected an all-new cabinet, which means yet another new figure to oversee the regulation of the UK's gambling industry, following a string of different personnel within the role in recent years.

Gambling falls under the remit of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), a position Michelle Donelan has now filled.

The Betting and Gaming Council, the UK's gambling trade body, has congratulated Donelan, although with the much-awaited and repeatedly delayed 2005 Gambling Act review at the top of the sector's agenda, Donelan has her work cut out.

BGC CEO Michael Dugher said: “On behalf of the 119,000 people whose jobs are supported by our members – from the high street to hospitality, from tourism to tech – I’d like to congratulate Michelle Donelan on her new role as Secretary of State for DCMS. Our industry generates £4.5bn ($5.17bn) in taxes for the Treasury and contributes £7.7bn for the economy in gross value added.

“We have been working extremely closely with the DCMS over many years to help the Government find the right balance in the Gambling Review, so that we continue to drive big changes and higher standards on safer gambling to better protect the most vulnerable; while at the same time ensuring the millions of people who enjoy an occasional flutter perfectly safely and responsibly have the freedom to do so.”

We are no closer to knowing exactly when the review will come out and whether its contents will be altered by a fresh pair of eyes.

One can only speculate as to whether Donelan's appointment will speed up the process, or create new delays.

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