Thursday, 6 March 2014
New support for UK ticketing controls
Stella Creasy MP, the shadow minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs, has called for the introduction of transparency measures for secondary ticketing in the new Consumer Rights Bill currently being debated in the House of Commons. The call echoes comments made by Mike Weatherly MP, one of the members of the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse. The news broke as Londoner Terence Shepherd, sentenced to 8 years in custody in 2011 for his part in the £5 million Xclusive ticket fraud that targeted the Beijing Olympics and Reading, V and Leeds festivals amongst other events, faced an additional jail sentence after failing to repay any of the £1.25 million he was ordered to pay from the proceeds of the crime and which he used to fund a luxury lifestyle and to provide £600,000 worth of 'tainted' gifts to his wife and daughter.