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Blackpool may be winner after all 13/05/2007
Nick Mathiason

Odds are shortening that Blackpool will win a Las Vegas-style super-casino in what would be a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the down-at-heel seaside resort.

Government insiders say plans are emerging that will result in proposals for two super-casinos being put before a committee of MPs within weeks. The idea is to let both Manchester and Blackpool have super-casinos to placate MPs and Lords who blocked Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell's original plans.

The move will rely on Conservative support which could materialise now that the Tories have seized control of Blackpool council from Labour.

Last week Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein was said to have held secret discussions with Chancellor Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron to seek assurances over Manchester's selection.

Blackpool lost the right to host a super-casino to Manchester following a government-appointed casino advisory panel recommendation earlier this year. The surprise decision sparked a parliamentary revolt.