Government U—Turn on online touts welcomed by Scott Dickinson candidate for Berwick Upon Tweed seat as a victory for #putfansfirst campaign
Scott Dickinson PPC today welcomed a Government u-turn this week in parliament that will see them adopt Labour backed plans to put fans first by ensuring they can see exactly what they are buying. As Ministers accepted a Labour backed amendment Scott said:
“Fans across North Northumberland will welcome today’s news that the Government has finally seen sense on this issue. For over a year the Government has fought Labour’s attempts to tackle ticket touting – and the Culture Secretary has been completely out of touch on this including defending touts by saying they were ‘classic entrepreneurs’! We know they have been ripping off the public by buying up tickets and then reselling them at massively inflated prices so today’s news is good news for ordinary fans.
“I know from talking to sports and music fans in Northumberland how much they resent not being able to get tickets to see their favourite team or performers, and then having to pay extortionate prices for them on secondary ticketing sites. It’s great news that the Government has listened to our campaign and will now commit to a full review of all the issues feeding touting as well. Today is a step forward, and I know we need to be vigilant in tackling these problems- that’s why (IF I AM ELECTED AS MP FOR Berwick) I will continue to put fans first.”
On Tuesday 24th February the Government dropped its opposition to a cross party amendment in the House of Lords that will increase transparency in the secondary market and commit to a full review of the market after the election.