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#Votefootball backs Damian Collins MP

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

The Votefootball campaign, supported by the FSF and various other fans’ groups, today announced that is backing Conservative MP Damian Collins’s bid to become chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

On Wednesday June 17th, MPs will elect members to the influential committee and due to House of Commons convention, the chair must be filled by an MP from the largest party – currently the Conservatives.

The Votefootball campaign said: “Although there are several excellent candidates, Damian Collins MP stands out for those of us who want to see reform of football.

“Damian has been a leading voice on football reform both domestically and internationally. His campaign for reform of FIFA has particularly brought him into the spotlight in recent weeks.

“However he has a long standing commitment to football reform domestically and is committed to continuing this work.

“The role of Chairman of the CMS Select Committee would enhance the opportunity to pursue this reform agenda so we feel it is worth supporters asking their own MPs to support him.”

Current Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, was previously chair of the committee and Damian himself served on the committee in the previous Parliament. There he introduced his own Private Members Bill which aimed to reform football governance.

Damian, one of the leading members of New Fifa Now said: “I will continue my push for reform in football and football governance… to keep bad owners out of the game and give fans more of a say  in how their clubs are run.”

Fans can use the Votefootball tool to contact their MPs directly and it includes a template letter urging their constituency MP to vote for Collins.

At this stage, the campaign hopes to reach 300 constituency MPs with 1,000 messages from fans representing at least 20 clubs.

Thanks to Gordon Wrigley for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under CC licence.

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