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Newcastle fans group meets Shadow Sports Minister to discuss reforms

7 years ago

The excellent work of Newcastle fans group NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust) continues with a forthcoming meeting with Shadow Minister for sport, Clive Efford.

The meeting next week will see NUST board member meet the Shadow Minister to discuss Labour’s manifesto commitment to reform in football.

The proposed initiatives have been welcomed widely as a massive step forward, if Labour are elected and the reforms carried through.

This is the announcement from NUST;

‘As part of the Trust’s political strategy, NUST Board Members will meet with Clive Efford MP, Shadow Minister for Sport, on Thursday 4th December.

Supporters who attended our public meeting in September heard us outline why we were engaging with our regional politicians and through that Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, a big supporter of NUST, introduced us to the Shadow Minister and suggested to him that he should visit the North East to meet us.

At the September public meeting we explained how we wanted the main political parties to make explicit manifesto commitments to get football reformed and to ensure there will be parliamentary time to make the changes happen.

Since then the Labour Party announced their plans to give football fans a voice in every boardroom and the ability to buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership of their club changes.

As with many of these things the devil is in the detail. We’ve seen the headline proposals and now we want to meet with the author of the manifesto commitment to question him about how he plans to make it work if Labour are elected to Government in 2015.

The implications of the proposed changes affect all clubs so we’ve invited our neighbouring clubs in the North East and Cumbria to join the meeting. Fan representatives from Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United and Carlisle United are coming along to the meeting because whilst there may be different issues affecting different Leagues and clubs at different levels, the consistent thing is the need to engage with fans in a better way than happens at the moment.’

To find out more about the great work carried out by NUST and how you can help go HERE.


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