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Local MP Launches 'Boost Bingo' in Fraserburgh

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has helped launch the Bingo Association’s ‘Boost Bingo’ campaign locally.

The SNP MP took part in an event at the Carlton Bingo Club in Fraserburgh where she called the numbers in one of the games, which included a free game for customers.

The event, which officially launched the Bingo Association’s ‘Boost Bingo’ campaign, saw free games of bingo played in nearly 400 clubs around the UK.

The Boost Bingo campaign, calls on the Westminster Government to bring tax on bingo in line with other popular leisure pursuits. Most other gambling activities are taxed at 15%, but the bingo industry has been subjected to bingo duty at 20%.

The Boost Bingo campaign is calling for the Westminster Government to lower the excessive tax burden, which is preventing investment, modernisation and job creation.

Commenting, Eilidh said:

“I am delighted to support the Boost Bingo campaign in Banff & Buchan. Bingo brings adults of all ages together to socialise in a lively and fun environment, and I am fully behind this campaign. I thoroughly enjoyed the Boost Bingo event and hope people will sign the petition to support their local club.”

A recent survey found 61% of UK adults said they feel bingo clubs provide an important local service, and bring communities together. This was reflected in the great turn-out seen at the event on Friday.

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