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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.

 

Ends.

 

Notes:

1. On Friday 6th February the Mirror quoted Culture Secretary Sajid Javid as saying unscrupulous websites have every right to hoover up sought-after tickets for football matches and pop concerts and flog them at five or ten times the asking price. “There’s nothing wrong with a healthy second market,” he said “I don’t have any problem with it.” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/millionaire-culture-secretary-has-no-5113939
2. On 21st January 2011, the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament that “Ticket resellers act like classic entrepreneurs” and that concerns about touting represented “the chattering middle classes and champagne socialists
3. Labour has previously put forward proposals to tackle ticket touting as part of the Consumer Rights Bill, and Labour MP Sharon Hodgson, alongside Mike Weatherly MP, has spearheaded the ‘Put Fans First’ campaign against ticket touting through the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse.
4. Tickets for Six nations games were originally available from £55 and are being resold on secondary sites for between £369 - £1,499 a ticket with booking fees between £55 - £225 added by the sites themselves
5. Starting in September 2015, The Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event (based on global TV reach) with 20 Nations playing a total of 48 games. Tickets for the Final as sold by the Rugby Football Union officially range from £150- £715, but are already being offered on secondary sites for over £1,100.
6. Ticket crime has links to other serious and organised crime with ticket fraud being considered the most prevalent form of ticket crime. It is estimated to make organised criminal networks £40million per year. In their 2013 Ticket Crime report, The Metropolitan Police state: “The lack of legislation outlawing the unauthorised resale of tickets and the absence of regulation of the primary and secondary ticket market encourages unscrupulous practices, a lack of transparency and fraud.

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