Aileen Campbell, Scotland’s youngest MSP today announced her support for the campaign being run by SNP colleagues to remove VAT from the bingo industry.

Ms Campbell has signed a motion in the Scottish parliament tabled by Bob Doris MSP which highlights the inequity in the system whereby bingo players pay VAT but those betting on horseracing or in casinos, do not.

And to demonstrate her commitment, the South of Scotland MSP will be calling a game of bingo at the 7.30pm session on Monday in the Gala Bingo in Townhead, Irvine.

“It can’t be right” said the MSP “that those who attend Royal Ascot are not required to pay VAT but go along to the Gala Bingo in Townhead and 17.5% VAT is slapped onto your game price”.

“As far as I’m concerned” she continued, “that’s a tax on the people least able to afford it. And as it’s a pursuit most often played by women, it could be seen as discriminatory.”

The MSP said she also plans to hold a surgery at the bingo hall. “As politicians, it’s our job to make ourselves accessible to the people we’ve got the privilege to represent in the parliament – and to me, that means you go to them whenever you can. That’s what I’ll be doing on Monday night.”

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