According to Racing Post, sports minister Stuart Andrew is set to take officially on the brief as gambling minister as the wait for the government's gambling white paper goes on.

This news comes two weeks after UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which is responsible for overseeing the white paper, needed a "new direction."

From the report:

The Racing Post understands that Andrew, the MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough in West Yorkshire, will succeed Paul Scully in the role and become the sixth minister to have responsibility for the white paper since the government launched its review of gambling legislation in December 2020.

Andrew, who joined the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in September, has not been vocal on the subject of gambling or horseracing.

However, he was criticised for accepting 1,961 worth of hospitality at Wembley for England's 2-0 win against Germany in 2021 at the latest European Championships from Paddy Power.

The government's proposals for gambling reform, which are expected to include details for their plans around the controversial subject of affordability checks, have been the subject of numerous delays.
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