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New Chair at U.K. Casino Forum

New Chair at U.K. Casino Forum

Former MP Malcolm Moss has been named chairman of the U.K.’s National Casino Industry Forum.

The NCiF represents the interests of 160 of the U.K.’s 186 casino licensees in dealings with the government. Moss comes to the association following a 23-year career as an elected public official.

Moss served the Conservatives as shadow minister of culture, media and sport, the department which oversees casino gaming and sports betting, from 2005 to 2006. Before that, he was shadow minister for tourism and the arts, 2002-2005.

“I am very pleased to accept this appointment,” Moss said. “The British casino industry has become a model of a well-regulated and socially responsible industry. The industry wants to deliver jobs, investment and innovation to the leisure sector. I hope my experience of government can help NCiF gain the political traction to allow it to do so.”

One of Moss’ first appearances in his new role was before the Culture Select Committee in Parliament, which was hearing arguments for further casino reforms. The industry is looking for government action to create a level playing field with regard to other sectors of the gaming industry, including online gaming.

Michael Silberling, COO of London Clubs International and current NCiF chair, said, “This is an extremely important appointment for NCiF. Malcolm Moss’ time as shadow gambling minister and his in-depth understanding of both the political and commercial aspects of our industry mean he is uniquely qualified to help NCiF members make progress with our reform agenda.

“Last year, there were more than 18 million visits to British casinos. That is a constituency that deserves to be heard in government. We believe Malcolm can help us achieve that.”

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