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Slot machines 'cause debt and misery'

Ed Miliband has blamed fixed odds betting machines for a "gambling epidemic" in parts of the country.

Ed Miliband says fixed odds betting machines are behind a "gambling epidemic" in parts of the country.

The Labour leader vowed to give councils the power to ban the machines from bookmakers' shops if his party wins the next election.

He said: "It causes debt and misery for families and is a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour."