What are the odds? Minister puts principles first and resigns over FOBTs | John Crace

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Tracy Crouch’s resignation displays a sense of morality at odds with Tory excuses over FOBT reform delays

Where’s Tracey? That was what was uppermost in the minds of every MP at departmental questions for digital, culture, media and sport. It was also the one question to which the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, was unable to give a satisfactory answer. He did know she had been away in the US and wondered if maybe her red-eye flight back had been delayed or diverted to Paris.

A few Labour MPs with flight tracker apps on their phones were able to reassure him her plane had landed quite safely. “Oh,” said Wright. Perhaps, then, she had been caught up in traffic on the way in to London from Heathrow. The M4 could be hell in the mornings. In any case, could everyone stop making such a fuss about Tracey? He was in the Commons. Wasn’t that enough?

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This piece was updated to reflect Tracey Crouch’s resignation as sports minister

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