About Ady

Born in the 1970’s mining town made famous by George Orwell’s “Road to Wigan Pier”, Adrian Parkinson is the proud son of three generations of Wigan miners and luckily, the first of his generation not to go down the mines.
Instead, at the age of 18 after studying A level Politics, History and Media he took a part time job at a bookmakers. Shunning University he went on to work for the state owned bookmaker The Horse Race Totalisator Board – more commonly known as the Tote.
That path led him to a near 20 year association with Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) – their rise and their now imminent fall. For 10 of those years he helped to introduce FOBTs to betting shops, then between 2012 and 2017 he was a Consultant and Spokesperson for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and the Stop the FOBTs campaign.

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