Boris Johnson to lead cross-party rebellion against Theresa May over delays to fixed-odds betting crackdown

Sources claimed he is one of SIXTY Tory, Labour, DUP and SNP MPs who will support an amendment demanding the Chancellor bring forward a cut in the maximum stake to £2 from October 2019.

The amendment could be laid by former Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith and Labour’s Carolyn Harris as early as Monday.

And it will leave Theresa May and the Treasury facing a crushing defeat when the issue goes to a Commons debate on November 20th.

Sources claimed it was now inevitable the Treasury will have to budge and bring forward the crackdown on high street bookies.

Former Sports Minister Tracy Crouch quit in protest at the crackdown being pushed back from April 2019.

She is thought to be another of the 20 Tories who have put their name to the amendment along with the former Foreign Secretary.

But insiders claim FOUR TIMES as many Tories are prepared to rebel.

Mr Duncan Smith said: “There is firm support for this across the House. The Government has to move.”

Boris called for a £2 stake to limit the “scourge” of FOBTs three years ago when he was London Mayor. The current max is £100 a spin.

The Chancellor last week insisted the decision to introduce the £2 stake in October next year was a “sensible compromise”.

Bookies have warned that the decision to cap the amount punters can spend on the machines could cost up to 21,000 jobs given they make them as much as £1.8 billion a year in revenue.

But Nicky Morgan, ex-Tory Minister and chair of the Treasury Select Committee, warned it could cost up to 300 lives.

Campaigners have dubbed FOBTs the “crack cocaine” of gambling. Bets of up to £100 can be placed every 20 seconds. MPs claim the machines are typically clustered in bookies in poorer areas of the country.


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