Gambling charity GamCare has announced a new president in the shape of Lord Sharman of Redlynch. Currently as the chairman of Aviva and member of the bourgeoisie, he will take up the post in September and doesn’t really have any gambling background to talk of. Lord Sharman said, “I am pleased to take on the mantle of my friend and predecessor as President of GamCare, Lord McIntosh of Haringey, who sadly died last year. GamCare is an excellent example of real corporate responsibility in action, where industry and charity work together to address an important but largely hidden social issue. I am looking forward to doing what I can to help ensure that the industry’s money is spent wisely and well to help gamblers and their families”
GamCare Chairman Anthony Jennens also added, “I am extremely pleased that Lord Sharman has agreed to become our President. He will add a powerful and authoritative voice to our cause. His exemplary record in business is matched by his experience and knowledge both of corporate responsibility and central government.”
Meanwhile, the Gambling Commission has reported that three men have been issued with a summons for partaking in illegal gambling. The men, aged 39, 48 and 57, are charged with a total of 42 offences under the Gambling Act 2005. As part of the investigation gaming machines were seized from ten premises operated by Agora Bet in London, the South East and South Midlands in May 2010. The men will appear before magistrates in Birmingham next month and the Commission had no further comment.