Bill would prevent resale of charity concert tickets for large profit

Private member's bill by Labour's Sharon Hodgson would introduce a 10 per cent cap

Bill to prevent charity concert ticket resale
Bill to prevent charity concert ticket resale

A private member’s bill that would prevent touts from cashing in on the resale of charity concert tickets has had its second reading in the House of Commons.

The Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill, proposed by Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West, would introduce a resale price cap of 10 per cent above the face value of tickets and make it illegal for third parties to sell tickets in advance of their release by the primary seller.

Hodgson said that tickets for concerts organised by both the Teenage Cancer Trust and Help for Heroes had been bought up and sold on at huge profit. Each time, the concerts featured artists who had given their time for free.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset, said during the debate that charities were to blame if they sold their tickets at below market prices.

But Hodgson said that charities wanted to provide tickets at prices that were accessible to their supporters. The debate was adjourned until 13 May.

Simon Davies, chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said the charity was supporting the bill: "We strongly believe it's wrong for individuals to hijack our efforts and personally profit by selling our tickets on the secondary market.  

"We believe all profits from our events should go towards helping young people fight cancer, and we hope this bill can help make that happen."

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