Wearside MP calls for clampdown on ticket touting

MP Sharon Hodgson has called for a clampdown on ticket touting at events such as the Rugby World Cup.
MP Sharon Hodgson has called for a clampdown on ticket touting at events such as the Rugby World Cup.
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Wearside MP Sharon Hodgson has joined calls for a clampdown on ticket touting as some rugby fans face the “nightmare” of being “ripped off” during the World Cup.

Mrs Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, was part of a delegation which met with business, innovation and skills minister Nick Boles MP, to press the Government to do more to stop ticket touting, and counterfeiting in the secondary ticketing market.

The Rugby World Cup is taking place in England, and she is concerned that fans are being exploited by touts.

Legislation to tackle the issue was introduced earlier this year, but the review to look into it has still not been announced.

Mrs Hodgson, who is the co-chairwoman of the all-party parliamentary group on ticket abuse, said: “We have known for a long time just how bad this problem is, and time and time again it is the genuine fans who are the ones suffering as a result of the Government not taking this problem seriously.

“The review into the secondary ticketing market cannot come soon enough, and I can’t believe we are still waiting for it to launch.

“Events like the Rugby World Cup are what fans dream about, but for too many they can become nightmares as they get ripped off by touts.”