Clive Efford MP

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 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....

IMG_0076.jpgOver 5,000 local people defied the winter cold to enjoy the Eltham Lights Up festival on Thursday with local musicians, amazing floats and a lantern-lit procession up Clive joined Greenwich Mayor Norman Adams on stage to switch on Eltham’s Christmas lights.

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Responding to the publication of Fifa’s list of candidates for its presidential election, Clive Efford MP, Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister, said:

“It is clear from the list of candidates to replace Sepp Blatter that Fifa has no intention of changing its ways.” 

“Only a candidate with no history of involvement in Fifa’s corrupt past will command the confidence of the football family so that they can introduce the radical change the organisation so desperately needs.  It cannot be reformed from within.”

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bus_178_meeting_oct_2015003.jpgThe campaign to get the 178 Bus reinstated for residents in Eltham and Kidbrooke continues. 

The campaign for the 178 Bus continues

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GAA_GROUND.jpgClive has written to the Planning Inspector to ask him to reject plans to build on the GAA sports ground in Avery Hill Road.

Clive objects to development on GAA sports ground

Clive has written to the Planning Inspector to ask him to reject plans to build on the GAA sports ground in Avery Hill Road. Read more

Cnew_eltham_festival_sept_2015_copy.jpglive joined 1,000 revelers at the New Eltham festival on Saturday afternoon.

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IMG_0489.JPGClive today visited the new Bexley and Greenwich Credit Union branch in the Eltham Centre.  

Clive signs up to Eltham Credit Union

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ECHP034.jpgClive has officially opened the new Community Hospital in Eltham town centre after a decade of hard work from Eltham residents, the local NHS, Greenwich Council and Clive Efford.

Clive officially opens new Eltham Hospital

Clive has officially opened the new Community Hospital in Eltham town centre after a decade of hard work from Eltham residents, the local NHS, Greenwich Council and Clive Efford. Read more

IMG_0240.JPGClive met with residents and council officers in Avery Hill in September for 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.

On walkabout in Avery Hill

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