Odds are shortening that
Blackpool will win a Las Vegas-style super-casino in what would be a remarkable
turnaround in fortunes for the down-at-heel seaside resort.
insiders say plans are emerging that will result in proposals for two
super-casinos being put before a committee of MPs within weeks. The idea is to
let both Manchester and Blackpool have super-casinos to placate MPs and Lords
who blocked Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell's original plans.
will rely on Conservative support which could materialise now that the Tories
have seized control of Blackpool council from Labour.
Last week Manchester City Council chief executive
Sir Howard Bernstein was said to have held secret discussions with Chancellor
Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron to seek assurances over Manchester's
Blackpool lost the right to host a super-casino to
Manchester following a government-appointed casino advisory panel
recommendation earlier this year. The surprise decision sparked a parliamentary