The whole process for selecting casino venues should be scrapped after it was revealed that the Millennium Dome was the front runner for the first Las Vegas-style super-casino, it was claimed last night.
According to figures released last night by the Casino Advisory Panel, the Greenwich site scored 67 out of a possible 80 from its initial evaluation.
Second with 66 points was Glasgow followed by one-time favourite Blackpool with 65 points.
The NEC's bid, backed by Birmingham and Solihull councils, scored just 53 points.
The release of the data will come as huge embarrassment to the Government following allegations that Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott accepted gifts from the US billionaire behind plans for the Dome casino.
On Friday, the parliamentary Standards and Privileges Committee found Mr Prescott failed in his duty as an MP by not immediately declaring last July's visit to Philip Anschutz's Colorado ranch.
It also said the Deputy Prime Minister had effectively admitted to breaking the Ministerial Code after accepting hospitality that "might reasonably have been thought likely" to influence his actions.
Last night Caroline Spelman, Conservative MP for Meriden, said the Government ought to be embarrassed at the fiasco.
"I think it is now so deeply marred in dirt that they should start again fresh," she said.
"The Government really needs to stand back, and possibly have this decision taken again by a fresh independent body.
"Clearly the Deputy Prime Minister and the Anshutz affair does show at the very least that the Government has got egg on its face and for that reason they ought to feel a degree of embarrassment about that choice.
"The best way of scraping the egg off is to have a fresh competition taken by independent people.
"I think we all have a bit of difficulty coming to terms with where the Deputy Prime Minister's independence is in all this."
In May, the CAP announced eight possible super-casino venues from a list of 27 entrants.
The panel also announced a shortlist of 31 proposed venues for large and small casinos from a list of 40 proposals.
A spokeswoman stressed that the next stage of judging would start on a "level playing field," unaffected by the initial first round scores.
The eight criteria in the first round of judging were: social impact; need for regeneration; willingness to licence; probability of implementation; regional context; community benefits; unique characteristics and range of areas.
The panel will announce the successful super-casino venue by the end of this year.