Join us for the launch of Labour Friends of Football, a new organisation which aims to provide a forum in which Labour Party members and supporters can discuss and debate football policy. Labour Friends of Football will also be organising a number of football-based social events for Labour members and supporters. We very much hope you can join us at our launch event:
Towards Labour’s 2015 Football Policy – What Does a One Nation Football Policy Look Like?
Alison McGovern MP, Chair of Labour Friends of Football
Andy Burnham MP, co-founder of Supporters Direct
Tom Greatrex MP, founder of Fulham Supporters Trust
Gerald Shamash, Chair of Manchester United Supporters Trust
Tuesday 19th March 2013, 4pm-6pm, Committee Room 13, House of Commons
Whilst the glitz and glamour of the Premier League may give the impression that British football is in rude health, the recent high-profile failures of Portsmouth in England and Rangers in Scotland have shown that there are huge problems beneath the veneer of massive wages for players and wealthy club owners.
The recent controversy over ticket prices at Arsenal for travelling Manchester City fans demonstrated the growing gulf between the haves and the have-mores. The have-nots appear to have been forgotten by the football authorities, leaving a growing number of fans disillusioned with the beautiful game.
The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee made a set of recommendations that were largely ignored by the football authorities, much to the annoyance of football fans and campaigning groups up and down the country.
Labour has an opportunity. We need to construct a football policy that is fit for the 2015. This event kick-starts this debate, with contributions from parliamentarians who are passionate about football, the Chair of the largest Supporters’ Trust in the country, and hopefully you.
Be part of the debate. What does a one-nation football policy look like and how can Labour deliver it in government in 2015?
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