Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Don Foster on John Prescott

It is ludicrous to say that John Prescott was not involved in the planning process for casinos.

There were numerous links between Mr Prescott's department and the casino legislation. John Prescott chaired the Domestic Affairs Cabinet Committee, with links to the independent advisory panel recommending the location of new casinos to the Government. The ODPM was also responsible for establishing a new planning category for casinos and in its report makes detailed comments on the regeneration benefits of casinos.

It is clear that there are still serious questions that require full and frank answers from Mr Prescott.


Iain Dale will be on Newsnight later tonight to discuss this affair - see his blog for the latest developments. Part of its interest is that the running is being made by bloggers, with the BBC taking a more cautious approach.

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