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Securing the future of football in England

EDM (Early Day Motion) 35: tabled on 12 May 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 40 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House welcomes the Government-initiated fan-led review of football governance, but insists that it is used as an opportunity to rebalance the current ownership structure in the favour of match-going supporters; notes that it is imperative that the review must be genuinely fan-led as the Government has promised, with accredited supporters’ trusts at the forefront; believes that supporters must be empowered with an immediate 50 per cent plus one share law, that would require all Premier League and English Football League clubs to secure a 51 per cent majority of their registered season ticket holders on any decision that fundamentally affects the club’s identity or future; acknowledges that a move towards supporter ownership of clubs cannot be achieved overnight, and that the Government and the game’s authorities need to adopt that as the long-term direction by creating a legislative framework to support it; believes that accredited football supporters’ trusts should have the power to be able to appoint and remove at least two club directors and be given first refusal on purchasing shares when clubs change hands; further notes that the only way to secure the overall health of English football is for the Government to ensure that there is an independent financial regulator for all professional leagues and clubs; notes that the sad demise of several much-loved football league clubs over recent years highlights the inadequacy of the current arrangements; and calls on the Government and the game’s authorities to ensure the suitability of those who seek to take ownership of football clubs.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
Birkenhead
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 12 May 2021
Leicester East
Whittome, Nadia
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
Nottingham East
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
Wansbeck
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
City of Durham
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
Gateshead
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2021
Liverpool, West Derby
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 May 2021
Bath
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 May 2021
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2021
Liverpool, Riverside
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2021
Denton and Reddish
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 13 May 2021
Strangford
Howarth, Sir George
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2021
Knowsley
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 13 May 2021
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2021
Liverpool, Walton
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 May 2021
St Albans
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2021
Bedford
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 14 May 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2021
Salford and Eccles
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2021
South Shields
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2021
Hemsworth
Hardy, Emma
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2021
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2021
Easington
Jarvis, Dan
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Barnsley Central
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2021
Oxford West and Abingdon
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Glasgow South West
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 May 2021
Arfon
Tami, Mark
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Alyn and Deeside
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 June 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Ceredigion
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2021
Sheffield Central

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.