Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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beer_tax_barrel_march_2016.jpgClive has joined with the British Beer & Pub Association, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers by sending a ‘Message in a Barrel’, calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to cut beer duty in the Budget on 16th March.

Clive calls on Chancellor to cut beer tax

Clive has joined with the British Beer & Pub Association, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers by sending a ‘Message in a Barrel’, calling... Read more

clive_parliament_southesatern_debate_martch_2016_copy.jpgClive lead a wide-ranging debate in Parliament today to highlight the appalling services being offered to long-suffering commuters by Southeastern and Network Rail.

Clive leads debate on the terrible service provided by Southeastern

Clive lead a wide-ranging debate in Parliament today to highlight the appalling services being offered to long-suffering commuters by Southeastern and Network Rail. Read more

IMG_0294.JPGClive met with residents and council officers in Coldharbour in February for his latest walkabout where local residents could directly show Clive any local concerns or problems.

These are the notes from that walkabout, with some addresses removed for reasons of confidentiality.  Progress on all these issues will be checked at the next walkabout.  If you have any local issues you would like Clive to look into then please email him at clive@cliveefford.org.uk.

 

 

 

Walkabout in Coldharbour

Clive met with residents and council officers in Coldharbour in February for his latest walkabout where local residents could directly show Clive any local concerns or problems. These are the... Read more

178_bus.jpgClive has demanded TfL stops delaying and consults local residents now on rerouting 178 bus.

Clive calls for TfL to consult on 178 now

Clive has demanded TfL stops delaying and consults local residents now on rerouting 178 bus. Read more

holocaust_memorail_day_2016_2.jpgClive has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

Clive signs Book of Commitment on Holocaust Memorial Day

Clive has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as... Read more

parliament_rail_questions_trains_jan_2016_2.jpgClive has raised a series of questions to minsters after commuters have been hit by an appalling series of severe delays and cancellations on Southeastern' rail services.

Clive questions ministers over delays and cancellations on Southeastern

Clive has raised a series of questions to minsters after commuters have been hit by an appalling series of severe delays and cancellations on Southeastern' rail services. Read more

clive_and_denise_eltham_station.jpgClive was at Eltham Station early this morning with Greenwich Council leader Denise Hyland and local councillors Wynn Davis and Linda Bird to meet commuters facing record fares increase.

Clive speaks up for local rail passengers hit by record fare rises

Clive was at Eltham Station early this morning with Greenwich Council leader Denise Hyland and local councillors Wynn Davis and Linda Bird to meet commuters facing record fares increase. Read more

IMG_1135_0004.jpgClive has objected to TfL’s latest proposals for a road-only Silvertown crossing.  In his response to TfL’s consultation he has demanded that any crossing must include a DLR link to North Greenwich.

Clive calls for DLR link to North Greenwich as he objects to TfL’s plans for Silvertown Crossing

Clive has objected to TfL’s latest proposals for a road-only Silvertown crossing.  In his response to TfL’s consultation he has demanded that any crossing must include a DLR link to... Read more

parliament_syria.jpgClive voted against UK airstrikes in Syria.  He explained "Voting to take military action is one of the hardest decisions that an MP has to make and there is no doubt that the so-called Islamic State - or Daesh as I prefer to refer to them - is a despicable terrorist organisation that is not interested in any negotiated settlement.  Their sole reason for existing is to provoke conflict with counties like our own and to destroy everything that we value.   The question we had to answer on Tuesday was: would the Prime Minster's proposals be effective in reducing that threat?"

Clive votes against airstrikes over Syria

Clive voted against UK airstrikes in Syria.  He explained "Voting to take military action is one of the hardest decisions that an MP has to make and there is no... Read more

 football__bill.jpgClive Efford’s ‘Football Governance (Supporters' Participation) Bill’ is published today.  The Bill would give football supporters the right to buy shares in their clubs and to elect representatives to clubs' boards.

The text of the bill is available here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2015-2016/0050/15050.pdf

The bill is listed for Second Reading in the House of Commons tomorrow (4th December). 

Clive Efford MP says’ “It’s time that fans are heard in the boardrooms of football clubs.  Too many decisions are made without fans even being consulted.  My bill will not give fans a controlling share but it will ensure they have a place at the table and will be able to put their views across.”

Background to the bill

Football clubs are attached to the communities in which they based like no other forms of business.  Fans do not choose their clubs after comparing prices or being influenced by clever marketing, it is an emotional attachment that lasts a lifetime.  Fans are the people that remain after club owners have moved on and they remain loyal through good times and bad.  With few exceptions it is the communities around the clubs that provide the bulk of the fans that pack the grounds and make our football so exciting and attractive to watch.  If the grounds were empty the TV companies would not be interested in paying large sums of money to televise games and the money coming into football from TV rights would dry up.

Yet time and time again we see fans being overlooked on issues that directly affect them: naming rights; sponsorship; cost of tickets – particularly for away fans; changing club colours; and costs of merchandise. These are all examples of disputes that have occurred between fans and club directors.  It is time that fans had a voice.

This bill will not give fans a controlling stake, but it will allow them, where they chose to do so, to have a voice in the boardroom and where they have the means, to take a stake in their club.  The fans’ group will be constituted to provide transparency about how funds are managed and the board representatives are held to account.  Fans that are elected to the boards will have to undertake training to ensure that they understand the legal requirements of being a board member.   It’s time to give fans a voice.

Where they chose to do so fans can set up an appropriately constituted group that will have the right to buy up to 10 percent of the shares available for purchase when there is a change of ownership, which is when 30 percent or more of the shares on offer.  The group will also be able to elect and remove two members or up to 25 percent, whichever is the greater, of their club’s board.

Where there is already more than one fans’ group at a club they will have to come together to agree to form the body that will hold the shares and elect the representatives to the board

Clive Efford MP Football Supporters Bill published

 Clive Efford’s ‘Football Governance (Supporters' Participation) Bill’ is published today.  The Bill would give football supporters the right to buy shares in their clubs and to elect representatives to clubs' boards....

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