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Football Question Time: What will the parties do for fans?

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct (SD) recently came together to pose 10 questions on football policies to the main political parties contesting the general election.

The same 10 questions were put to the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Scottish National Party, Green Party, Plaid Cymru and TUSC. Responses were received from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, and the Scottish National Party. Supporters can see all answers below, before casting their vote in the general election.

Fans can also make direct contact with candidates standing in their local constituency via the Vote Football website. The campaign is backed by the FSF and encourages politicians to enshrine supporter rights and protect clubs from clueless owners.

The FSF is non-party political – fans have varying political views – but we welcome any proposals which strengthen the voice of supporters. Fans should have a voice in the boardroom and be involved in reform of the game, whether that relates to ticket prices, ownership, diversity, or safe standing. Find out what football-specific manifesto commitments the major political parties have made here.

Thanks to Gordon Wrigley for the image reproduced under CC license.

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