Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has highlighted the increasing problems of secondary ticketing and how fans are losing out to middlemen.
In a recent article for the Conservative Home website, Mike outlined the extent of touting across the UK and how we need an honest and transparent ticket purchasing process. To read the article in full, click here. In order to help combat this issue in Parliament, Mike and his colleagues from both sides of the House recently founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse.
In his article, Mike said: “I have consistently been a champion of the free market and I want to be clear that I do not have a problem with artists or sports teams charging whatever prices they wish for the services that they offer. That is their prerogative and they should be allowed to set the prices of their tickets or, if they choose, to sell them through secondary ticketing or auction websites. However, as the online marketplace has become quicker and easier to use, a large number of unsavoury and illegal practices have sprung up surrounding ticket reselling websites.”
Commenting, Mike said: “I feel that it is important to raise this issue given that secondary ticketing takes place on an industrial scale and unfortunately music fans are the losers. Content creators need to be in control of how their tickets are sold and help create a transparent and well regulated system which works in the best interest of fans and performers.”