Greater Manchester MP joins cross-party campaign to ban the bots and touts

1Andrew Gwynne MP joined the cross-party campaign, Fan Fair Alliance’s Touts Out ahead of the Report Stage of the Digital Economy Bill on Monday 28 November, where an amendment will be debated on the banning of the use of bots.

The amendment tabled by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and Nigel Adams MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music, and supported by Sharon Hodgson MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse, and the Shadow Culture, Media and Sport team, would ban the use of bots, if it was accepted by the Government and passed.

As part of the cross-party campaign, Andrew Gwynne MP joined Sharon Hodgson MP, Nigel Adams MP, other Parliamentary colleagues and famous faces, such as Josh Franceschi, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman and Imogen Heap, for a photo call to support the amendment and the Fan Fair Alliance “Touts Out” campaign.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“We all know that touts rip off fans and lock them out of seeing their favourite artists, sports team or theatre show, and make huge profits of the astronomical marked-up prices of tickets on resale platforms.

“There is a lot that the Government can do to ensure fans are put first in this market, through improved enforcement of the Consumer Rights Act’s transparency measures and implementation of the recommendations of the Waterson Review into secondary ticketing. The ban the bots amendment will complement the work already done and what the cross-party campaign is pushing for, and I hope that it passes today.”

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