MP attacks pop star over launch of gambling site
star Robbie Williams has come under fire from Burnham-On-Sea's
MP in the national press this week after launching his own poker
Take That star was attacked by Tessa Munt, pictured, in the national
press on Saturday after putting his name to the Robbie Williams
She accused him of encouraging youngsters to gamble after thousands
of fans were sent email invitations to join the game-playing community.
Tessa said: "I am absolutely outraged by this. I think it
is deplorable. Robbie Williams of all people should be sensitive
to the problem of addiction."
don't believe there is anything harmless about gambling in this
way. The problem is escalation, and he must know what this is
"There's no excuse for doing this. Young people are hugely
susceptible to this sort of advertising and I am totally opposed
to it. It directly targets his fans, including a new generation
Players who sign up to the free website can compete to win virtual
and real Robbie-related merchandise plus tickets for future concerts.
The MP said the 37-year-old star should find better ways of interacting
with his fans, adding: "If he wanted to be generous with
his time and merchandise surely, with all his enormous wealth,
he could visit his fans in his home town and sign posters for
them? "I hope he puts every single penny he makes from it
into addiction charities or to help victims over this kind of
problem. I'm very surprised he is doing this. I think it is awful."
statement on Robbiewilliamspoker.com says: "In contrast to
most online poker our focus is not on money, but fun. You do not
need to deposit money to play at our tables or win prizes."
Munt frequently campaigns against gambling. Earlier this year,
she called for gambling firms to be forced to show fewer
TV ads and last year she called for more controls to be introduced
on High Street betting