Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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24681_-_2_Clive_Efford_MP_changed.jpgClive has slammed the government for acting too late to protect thousands of sports fans from being ripped off and having to pay extortionate amounts for tickets to major sporting events.

Government acts too late to prevent sports fans from being ripped off

Clive has slammed the government for acting too late to protect thousands of sports fans from being ripped off and having to pay extortionate amounts for tickets to major sporting... Read more

avery_hill_winter_gardens.pngA public meeting will take place to discuss the future of the Winter Gardens in Avery Hill on 19 March 7:30pm in Christchurch Hall in Eltham High Street. a

Clive calls on Univeristy to arrange a public meeting on future of Winter Gardens

A public meeting will take place to discuss the future of the Winter Gardens in Avery Hill on 19 March 7:30pm in Christchurch Hall in Eltham High Street. a Read more

Comedian Stewart Lee has raised concerns about tickets for his current tour being sold by touts for a nearly 400% mark up. 

Clive has responded to Stewart explaining that Labour tabled amendments on ticket touting during the passage of the Consumer Rights Bill.  Unfortunately, the Government rejected the measures which would have given event organisers the power to control the resale of tickets.

 

Clive responds to Stewart Lee's concerns about ticket touting

Comedian Stewart Lee has raised concerns about tickets for his current tour being sold by touts for a nearly 400% mark up.  Clive has responded to Stewart explaining that Labour... Read more

 

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Clive Efford has raised his concerns in Parliament about the dangerous overcrowding on train services and platform due to the alterations to the timetables during the refurbishment work at London Bridge.

Clive rails against performance of Southeastern Trains

    Clive Efford has raised his concerns in Parliament about the dangerous overcrowding on train services and platform due to the alterations to the timetables during the refurbishment work... Read more

DSC_3881.jpgClive has written to Greenwich Council to object to the planning application to build on the Gaelic Sports Ground in Avery Hill Road.

Clive objects to plans to build on GAA sports ground

Clive has written to Greenwich Council to object to the planning application to build on the Gaelic Sports Ground in Avery Hill Road. Read more


DSC_3949.jpgClive has told local residents that he can see no circumstances in which he would ever agree to fracking in Eltham or Plumstead.

Clive rules out fracking in Eltham

Clive has told local residents that he can see no circumstances in which he would ever agree to fracking in Eltham or Plumstead. Read more

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Clive has underlined his commitment for high quality for PE and sport in local schools by pledging to become a ‘School Sport Champion’.

Clive Champions School Sport

Clive has underlined his commitment for high quality for PE and sport in local schools by pledging to become a ‘School Sport Champion’. Read more

Clive Efford, Labour's Shadow Sports Minister, has written to the FA asking them to intervene to prevent Ched Evans returning to play football.

 

Clive Efford MP said:


“Ched Evans has been convicted of a serious offence and I would urge any football club to listen to the widespread public opposition to him returning to football.
 
“The decision on whether players should return to football after committing serious offences is not a matter solely for individual clubs and I have asked the FA to refuse his registration when Oldham Athletic approach them.”​​

 

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Notes to editors

 

The full text of Clive Efford’s letter to Greg Dyke is below:

 

Greg Dyke

FA Chairman

Wembley Stadium
PO Box 1966
London
SW1P 9EQ

 

7 Jan 2015

 

Dear Greg

 

Ched Evans

 

As you are aware, there has been a great deal of comment regarding the possibility that Ched Evans will sign for Oldham Athletic this week.  This has major implications for football as a whole and I do not believe that policy on a matter such as this should be determined by the board directors of an individual club.  I am disappointed that the FA has not intervened to avoid this situation.

 

Football has done a great deal to address areas of concern in our communities such as racism and social exclusion and has possibly achieved more on these issues than any other single organisation.  The ‘Kick it Out’ campaign has been at the forefront of challenging racism and is an excellent example of the positive impact football has in communities across the country.  But, equalities as an issue goes beyond racism and requires a consistent approach towards all forms of discrimination whether it is based on gender, sexuality, religion or race. 

 

I have been very supportive of the FA’s initiatives to increase participation in football among girls and women. 

 

According to your own figures, the number of women’s and girls’ teams has grown from 80 in 1992 to 6,000 today.  In 2012 you launched your ‘Game Changer’ strategy to create an Elite Performance Unit, aimed at developing the women’s game at the highest level.  Women’s and girl’s football is now the third biggest team sport in the country. 

I fear all of this is undermined by the failure of the FA to act in this situation.  I believe the FA has failed to appreciate the seriousness of the crime for which Ched Evans has been convicted and the consequences that his return to the game will have on people’s impressions of the sport and its governing body.   This is not consistent with the good work that the FA has done to promote the game as a sport for women and the reputation it has built in this regard could prove hard to regain.

 

The directors of Oldham Athletic will be under pressure to take decisions that they feel are in the short term interests of their club.  The question of whether a player convicted of rape should be allowed to return to professional football is not one that should be decided at this level.  It has wider implications for the game as a whole and should have been decided by the games governing body. 

 

Given the serious nature of the crime this matter should have been referred to the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) to consider.  It would have been possible for the IAB to make a decision in relation to the specific conviction of rape and state clearly that once found guilty of this crime a player will lose their FA registration.  Where there is an appeal that may overturn the conviction, the FA will need to review its position. 

 

The IAB should carry out a comprehensive review to set out which other crimes will lead to a player losing their registration to play in the future.  There is also the issue of whether a player should be allowed play while they are on parole.

 

I should also be grateful if you could clarify the process for registering a player when he signs for a new club?  Oldham Athletic will be seeking to register Ched Evans with the FA as their player if they decide to sign him.  I urge you to refuse that request. 

 

Can you confirm that you have had no contact from Oldham Athletic to seek confirmation that the FA would be willing to allow them to register Ched Evans if they go ahead and sign him?  If such confirmation was asked and given can you state who took that decision?  

 

I am sure you share my concerns about the impact this will have on people’s perception of football and the governance of the game.  I look forward to the opportunity to discuss these issues in the near future.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Clive Efford MP

Clive writes to FA asking they intervene to prevent Ched Evans returning to football

Clive Efford, Labour's Shadow Sports Minister, has written to the FA asking them to intervene to prevent Ched Evans returning to play football.   Clive Efford MP said: “Ched Evans...

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Clive Efford is demanding an apology from the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt after the minister accused Clive of misleading parliament over the government’s proposed closure of Lewisham A&E. 

 

Clive demands an apology from health minister Jeremy Hunt

Clive Efford is demanding an apology from the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt after the minister accused Clive of misleading parliament over the government’s proposed closure of Lewisham... Read more

Clive_Efford_Betting_Shop_Ed_Miliband.jpgClive has expressed his disappointment at the Planning Inspector’s decision to allow a planning application for a betting shop in Odeon Parade near Well Hall roundabout in Eltham which had previously been turned down by the local authority.

Planning Inspector Ignores Local People

Clive has expressed his disappointment at the Planning Inspector’s decision to allow a planning application for a betting shop in Odeon Parade near Well Hall roundabout in Eltham which had... Read more

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