MP Sparks Move Against Ticket Touting

A Labour MP has sparked a campaign that could see a cap placed on the resale of tickets to music and sporting events.

Labour's Sharon Hodgson has proposed anyone reselling their tickets should be limited to placing only a maximum of 10% onto the original price they paid.

The move could have major repercussions for professional ticket touts who currently exploit an unregulated industry by selling tickets well above their original cost.

The idea has already been welcomed by the V-Festival organizer Melvin Benn, who called the idea "fantastic" just as the tickets for his festival went on sale in recent days.

Speaking on Wendesday, Ms Hodgson said: "Tickets to V were sold out through the official channels within minutes - I even heard from someone that they were told tickets were sold out 1 minute after they went on sale. Yet within hours there were hundreds of listings on eBay and other sites, with a minimum mark-up of £100 a ticket - completely unfair to the genuine fans who wanted to go.

"It is clear that the Government acknowledges that criminals are behind a lot of the touting that goes on, so I can't understand why Ministers still refuse to support my attempts to prevent them making large wads of cash by ripping off people who want to go see their favourite band."

Ms Hodgson added that she had received messages of support from around the country and that the policy was something genuine fans cared a lot about.

Resale of tickets to the 2012 games is illegal, with the Government last week announcing its intention to increase the fine for anyone caught touting tickets from £5,000 to £20,000.

The MP also issued a warning against scammers and touts buying up tickets to the Olympic games taking place in London next year.

Resale of tickets to the 2012 games is illegal, with the Government last week announcing its intention to increase the fine for anyone caught touting tickets from £5,000 to £20,000. If a ticket holder cannot attend the event for which they have tickets, there will be an official ticket exchange where they can be sold to other fans at face value.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

05 March 2008
Arrest In Premiership Ticket Tout Probe
Police investigating alleged ticket touting at Premier League football clubs have arrested a 32-year-old man. The man, who is from Blackburn, was arrested at Manchester United's ground Old Trafford during their Champions League match against Lyon last night. He is being held on suspicion of fraud, ticket touting and money laundering.
02 February 2015
First Tube Ticket Offices Close
Tube ticket offices in South Wimbledon and Queensway are to close today, the first of Transport for London's (TfL) controversial plan to shut all of its ticket offices. Staff at the two stations will be moved into ticket halls and on to platforms as TfL begin the closures.
24 February 2014
Tube Staff Who Worked During Strikes Given Gift Vouchers
Vouchers worth £25 have been given to Tube staff who worked during this month's strike. Staff had walked out earlier this months in protest at London Underground (LU) plans to close all of its networks ticket offices, with the lose of 950 jobs.
03 October 2013
Lottery Ticket Price Doubles
The price of a National lottery ticket is to be doubled to £2. It is understood the change, along with a series of others, is being introduced to "re-energise" the Lotto, which according to some experts has lost some of its appeal for people.
20 December 2012
Free Travel Passes Announced For London Midland Passengers
Rail passengers who suffered cancelled services and delays last year will receive free travel passes and cheap tickets thanks to tough action taken by the government, Transport Minister Norman Baker announced today. London Midland season ticket holders will be given 5 days worth of free travel passes under a £7 million package of benefits.