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#VoteFootball has been very active in recent weeks, lobbying MPs to do more to protect our clubs. The campaign has also worked with Damian Collins MP – a prominent critic of FIFA and advocate for football ownership and governance reform.

Damian ran for chair of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee but was pipped at the post by Jesse Norman MP. #VoteFootball has the FSF’s backing and we both look forward to working with Jesse in the coming months and years. #VoteFootball explains more…

#VoteFootball’s most recent campaign reached more than half of all MPs in Parliament and brought focus to the need for football reform.

Jesse Norman MP won the election and we have already spoken to him today about football reform and agreed to get a meeting in due course. Like Damian Collins he has an excellent though, perhaps until now, lower profile on football ownership and governance reform.

However he is committed to the cause and worked well with Hereford United Supporters Trust. In September 2014 he raised the issue of rules around football club ownership in the House of Commons, alleging the then chairman of Hereford United had an unspecified criminal conviction, in support of the Supporters Trust’s campaign to oust the Agombar regime at the football club.

We know from MP feedback (including directly from both Jesse and Damian) that our campaign pushed football reform right up the agenda and has therefore been extremely beneficial. Damian will also be continuing his commitment to push for football reform too.

As this vote was a secret ballot it meant that MPs need not feel the same accountability to constituents which they do on other football issues we will be campaigning on in the coming months where their position is necessarily public.

So, in conclusion, many thanks for your participation thus far and please look out for the launch of our main football reform campaign in the coming weeks. We know this constituent lobbying technique is effective but it becomes extremely potent when we can ask our MPs to take a public stance as we will in our next campaign so let’s take a breath and then regroup for the main event.

Best wishes – The VoteFootball campaign team

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