Flutter Entertainment, which owns several betting brands, announced the hiring of former Labor Party deputy leader Tom Watson. As such, he will be the company’s new gaming security consultant.
During his time as a deputy, Watson campaigned for reform of the gambling sector in the United Kingdom. In June last year, he discussed plans to create a new mechanism to protect consumers. He further described gambling addiction as one of the country’s ‘health problems’.
Watson resigned as deputy leader of the Labor Party in November last year. In a note, Flutter stressed that Watson’s previous experience will be vitally important in his journey towards creating safer and improved gaming practices.
“I have a longstanding interest in this sector. I have always called for measures to protect those who may be potentially vulnerable to harm. By assuming this role at Flutter, I intend to enter the business – and the industry more broadly. To understand the best way to develop and implement responsible gaming policies ”, stressed Watson.
Peter Jackson, Flutter’s CEO, also commented on the appointment of the new consultant. “Bringing someone with Tom’s gaming reform history is an essential part of my commitment to leading the industry race to the top.”
Jackson added: “We have to work harder than ever to find a way to continue to bring great products and brands to our customers. But, always bearing in mind the need to clearly protect the vulnerable ”.
About Flutter Entertainment
Flutter Entertainment (formerly Paddy Power Betfair) is a betting holding company created from the merger of Paddy Power and Betfair, and the subsequent acquisition of The Stars Group. The company is also listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The holding company operates several brands, including Adjarabet, BetEasy, Betfair, FanDuel, FOX Bet, Full Tilt Poker, Paddy Power, PokerStars, Sky Bet, Sportsbet, Timeform and TVG Network.