MP Philip Davies – whose Shipley constituency includes Cullingworth and Denholme – greeted players calling for a cut in bingo duty who travelled to Downing Street to hand in a petition.

He joined Hackney South and Shore-ditch MP Meg Hillier to meet the Bingo Association as it handed in the document, which contained more than 300,000 signatures – some of them collected in Keighley.

The Boost Bingo campaign aims to cut duty from 20 per cent to 15.

Its spokesman Miles Baron said: “Reducing bingo duty will enable clubs to invest in their future. More investment means more jobs and more thriving bingo communities.

“We hope that by receiving hundreds of thousands of petition signatures, the government will realise this is something that really matters to the British public.”

The association also organised a march.