George Osborne plays bingo, fails to impress

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HE may have claimed to have turned around the UK’s economic fortunes, but Chancellor George Osborne failed to make a profit as he tried his luck at bingo.

The Tory MP visited a Castle Bingo outlet in Cardiff today to highlight the UK Government’s recent Budget plan to cut bingo tax.

George Osborne during a visit to Castle Bingo in Cardiff. Picture: PA
George Osborne during a visit to Castle Bingo in Cardiff. Picture: PA

It was part of three events in south Wales, which also saw Mr Osborne pay a visit to Port Talbot’s steelworks and The Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

Although critics have labelled the way in which the Tory-led administration promoted its decision to cut bingo tax as “patronising” to the working classes, Mr Osborne was greeted with smiles by those enjoying a flutter in the Welsh capital.

He took part in a £1 main game session alongside bingo regulars, who helped the multi-millionaire keep tabs on his numbers.

Bingo regular Margaret Evans, 73, of Cardiff, who was in the bingo hall at the time at the same time as the Chancellor, said: “He looked like he enjoyed himself.

“I was quite surprised when I came down here today and heard that the Chancellor of the Exchequer - who’s mega rich - would be coming to play a game of bingo.”

 

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