The merger between two of the largest bookmakers in the country would reduce competition and choice for customers in a large number of local areas, according to the competition watchdog
The figures from Nielsen show that spending on betting ads is up by 46% as campaigners call for stricter regulations
Completed merger would create chain with 4,000 betting shops
Mr Desmond said lost profits from up to 1,000 betting shops the merged company could be forced to sell off by competition authorities could outweigh £65m in cost savings
Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.
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Trainer seeks fourth winner in the Classic in seven years but Talent could upset favourite
The status of Derby favourite proved something of a poisoned chalice this spring, when first Kingsbarns and then Telescope dropped out of the Epsom picture with setbacks. Both are about to start making up for lost time, however, each having been given an exploratory Group Three entry this weekend. Telescope, who made an impressive resumption at Leicester last month, could go to Haydock on Saturday, while Kingsbarns is on course to reappear at the Curragh the following day.
Neither trainer nor jockey has been in his service as long as others who could testify gratefully to the fidelity of their patron, but both left the sunshine and flowers of the July Course with optimism that Anjaal could yet seal their growing roles at the centre of Sheikh Hamdan's racing empire.
Trainer will stand before a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday afternoon
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We can only imagine how long ago five years seems to brilliant trainer
The rest of the card was mostly attrition for the punters