Touts out – Sunderland MP demands laws to end ticket touting after Rugby World Cup row

Sharon Hodgson  Labour Party MP for Washington and Sunderland West.
Sharon Hodgson Labour Party MP for Washington and Sunderland West.
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A WEARSIDE MP has called on the Government to bring in laws to end ticket touting.

The subject was discussed in the House of Commons yesterday after reports of tickets for the 2015 Rugby World Cup being on sale for 10 times their face value, before they have been released.

Sports Minister Helen Grant said there was no need to legislate against touts, and insisted ordinary rugby fans would be able to get tickets and enjoy the tournament without the need to outlaw re-selling of tickets.

Re-selling of tickets for last year’s Olympics was only allowed on a dedicated site, and Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson has urged the Government to make sure similar rules are in place.

The Labour MP said: “Tickets are on sale already for more than 10 times face value and that’s before tickets have even gone on sale to the general public. Isn’t this another example of why the RFU are so keen for the tickets to be protected so ordinary fans can enjoy the sport?

“Why won’t the Government take the action necessary?” But Mrs Grant said: “We believe organisers, promoters and ticket agents should be looking at what they can do to protect customers and to access events.” Mrs Hodgson has campaigned to get her Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill passed through Parliament.