Casino Tycoon Cancels Meeting With Prescott

US Billionaire and casino financier Philip Anschutz cancelled a scheduled meeting with Britain's Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott next week. A spokeswoman for Prescott claimed that the cancellation was due to the media "hysteria".

The spokeswoman however, said that Anschutz, who is currently on a visit to London, was hoping to reschedule the cancelled meeting.

"Mr Anschutz was keen to update the deputy prime minister on progress on the regeneration aspects of the Dome, but given the media hysteria over this last week, he felt it would be sensible to reschedule, which is what we are going to do," she said.

Philip Anschutz is the owner of Anschutz Entertainment Group, the firm behind the bid to turn London's Millennium Dome into Britain's first super casino.

The Parliament has launched a full investigation on Prescott if he has indeed breached Ministerial Code by visiting the ranch of the US tycoon summer of last year.

Prescott has been in hot water over the last few weeks because of the disclosure of his Colorado'vacation', and six other previous meetings with Anschutz. These meetings have led critics to accuse him of wielding improper influence.

Moreover, the surfacing of an email alleging that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has put pressure to rally behind the Dome. Prescott has said that Anschutz have mentioned the casino bid once during their various meetings, but that he informed him that he was not dealing with the issue.