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Gordon backs Bill to give Blackpool FC fans a greater voice

Gordon is backing a Private Members Bill that could pave the way to Blackpool football fans being given a greater voice in the running of their local club.Gordon_Head_Pic.jpg

He is sponsoring the Football Governance (Supporters Participation) Bill, which is today being presented in the Commons by Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford MP, who back in April wrote to Gordon about the problems at Bloomfield Road.

The bill if passed would give accredited fan groups the right to buy up to 10% of the club’s shares and when a club changes ownership, elect and remove up to 25% of the club’s board.

Gordon said: “I fully support Clive’s plans for football fans because they will give fans a real voice in the boardroom - I repeat what I said during the election, they are the lifeblood of their football clubs. They will give supporters more say on key decisions around planning, as well as access to commercial and financial information about the club’s business affairs.

“I am still concerned about the widening gap that appears between the club’s owners at Bloomfield Road and its fans but I am confident that this bill that I am supporting would lead to addressing the divide and make a big difference.”

The Football Governance (Supporters Participation) Bill follows on from the Labour Party’s pre-election pledge to give football fans more power in the running of their local club. A policy that received support from the Blackpool Supporters Trust, during its consultation period back in October last year.

Gordon added: “This bill would ensure that fans can no longer be ignored. Football clubs are more than just a business, they are hubs at the heart of their local communities and Blackpool Football Club is no different.”

Gordon said he now hoped to sit down with supporters groups such as the Blackpool Supporters Trust (BST) and Blackpool Supporters Association (BSA) to discuss Clive’s proposals and address the ongoing problems at Bloomfield Road.


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