Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Emails Show How He Was Kept in Dome Loop

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Emails Show How He Was Kept in Dome Loop

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Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL

THE Government considered changing gambling rules to allow US billionaire Philip Anschutz to open a casino at the Dome.

Days after meeting Anschutz Entertainment Group's European chief, government officials discussed amending a list of permitted areas for casinos to include one in Greenwich.

John Prescott has repeatedly dismissed suggestions that he was involved in negotiations over the sale of the Dome or planning for new casinos.

However, the Deputy Prime Minister appears to have been kept informed of the proposals for a gambling complex on the Greenwich peninsula.

Emails released under the Freedom of Information-Act show how the Dome sale unit tried to keep Mr Prescott in the loop over the casino plans by Mr Anschutz.

One email from Chris Stendall, of the Dome sale unit in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, was sent to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, highlighting information he had "just put up to the DPM here". …

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