This is ‘not acceptable’ at a UK conference, says Labour MP Carolyn Harris

 The gambling industry’s annual trade show in London has been criticised for “archaic” for use of female models for promotion.

The ICE event, which has been held for 20 years in the capital, has come under fire for the use of women dressed in Playboy bunny costumes and other sexualised outfits.

One brand, Kajot, reportedly had three models in leather catsuits at the most recent event held at the ExCel centre in the Docklands.

ICE, which is organised by Clarion Gaming, showcases the work of global brands in the bingo, betting, casino, lottery, mobile gaming, sports, betting and online payments sectors.

In previous years the conference has also featured female pole dancers and acrobats, as shown in a promotional video on YouTube, although they have not been reported at the 2020 summit.

Following similar scrutiny in 2018 then-chief executive of the gambling commission, Sarah Harrison, promised to crack down on sexist imagery.

Ms Harrison said the ICE event had been characterised by men “wearing expensive tailored suits” and female colleagues wearing “nothing more than swimsuits”.

Labour MP Carolyn Harris told The Guardian that a continuation of the behaviour was “archaic and beyond disrespectful” and “not acceptable” at a UK business conference.

 Clarion Gaming chief executive Kate Chambers confirmed that Kajot, who had used models in leather catsuits, was in breach of the event’s code of conduct but others were not.

A Gambling Commission spokesperson told The Independent: “We called out the organisers about this two years ago and they have since launched a code of conduct.

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