Is he Britain's 'most belligerent MP'?
Philip Davies

Online ticket re-selling has become a huge problem for fans and the wider music industry.

When tickets for hot tours go on sale, large companies are able to hoover up in-demand passes - and then sell them on for inflated prices almost immediately.

Earlier this week, the Department Of Culture, Media and Sport announced that Professor Michael Waterson will lead the review of the secondary ticketing market, as per the Consumer Rights Act passed earlier this year.

Consultation closes on November 20th, but Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire, has already stated that he does not want parliament to intervene on the issue: "Needless intervention is not the answer and will only serve to drive many consumers away from safe online platforms and into the arms of street touts."

Other perfectly reasonable things that Philip Davies objects to include gay marriage and letting prisoners read books - no wonder the Independent once labelled him 'the UK's most belligerent MP'...

Phil Hutcheon, CEO and Co-Founder of DICE, said: "Large organisations are hoovering up tickets before fans have the chance to purchase them. That type of institutional touting is utterly wrong and not something DICE will ever participate in. Fans need to make their voice on this issue heard and not let themselves been shouted down by bigots and big business."

Submit your views on the issue and secondary ticketing experiences to [email protected] before November 20th.

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