Discussions about the future of the Millennium Dome came up between Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and its American buyers, according to reports this weekend.
Aides to casino tycoon Philip Anschutz, owner of the Millennium Dome, claims that talks about the super casino came up on two separate occasions, going against Prescott’s testimony that the matter never came up.
Prescott is now being investigated by Sir Philip Mawer, the Parliamentary standards commissioner. The inquiry has been widened in berth to include the gifts that Prescott received with relations to the Millennium Dome.
Tim Leiweke, president of the Los Angeles based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) had reportedly said that the super casino siting at the dome came up “in a couple of conversations that were very minimal and insignificant”. Leiweke likewise denied having lobbied for the super casino license during their eight meetings with Prescott.
A spokeswoman for Prescott said that he was “completely relaxed” about Leiweke’s comments.
“It makes it very, very clear that the deputy prime minister did not discuss casinos with him. They might have mentioned it and he would have said ‘we can’t discuss that,'” she said.
In light of the gifts investigation, an AEG spokesman confirmed this weekend that Prescott was given a notebook, some jeans, a pair of “off-the-rack” boots, spurs, a Stetson and a belt when he stayed at the casino tycoon’s ranch in Colorado summer of last year.