Newcastle MP secures parliamentary debate on ‘Effective regulation of Newcastle United’
On Thursday 24 January, there will be a parliamentary debate on the ‘effective regulation of Newcastle United’, thanks to NUFC supporter and MP, Chi Onwurah.
The Newcastle Central MP (pictured above) has proved a regular thorn in Mike Ashley’s side, as she has campaigned for some years against is running of Newcastle United.
Her Newcastle Central constituency includes St James Park and great to see someone who is prepared to put her head above the parapet, in order to help keep the pressure on.
With claims of an imminent takeover looking more embarrassing by the day, Mike Ashley has also so far refused to give Rafa Benitez any support in what looks a crucial January transfer window.
Newcastle will kick off the key relegation six pointer against Cardiff on Saturday, sitting in the bottom three.
Chi Onwurah announcement via her own official website:
Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle Central has secured an end of day adjournment debate on the effective regulation of Newcastle United on Thursday 24th January.
Ms Onwurah said:
“Over the past few years constituents have contacted me in ever greater numbers to express their concerns about Newcastle United Football Club, particularly its finances and the commitment of the Club’s owner, Mr Ashley, to the fans and the City as well as with regard to Mr Ashley’s other financial investment. The response to my petition in July reflecting this was that I should do more to highlight these concerns.
“ I have now secured a parliamentary debate on the effectiveness of regulation of Newcastle United Football Club in the House of Commons on Thursday 24th January. I will be raising fans concerns with regard to NUFC, and wider concerns about the Premier League and the regulation of the football clubs which are so important a part of our sporting and cultural heritage and passion.
“ Recently, in a debate on Coventry City, Mims Davis, the Minister for Sport said
“is not Government’s direct responsibility to be the custodians of one particular football club, but it is our responsibility to hold to account those club owners who sign up to be custodians of a club but do not show that to be in their hearts”
“ This debate will my give Government the opportunity to hold Mr Ashley to account.
Chi wants constituents to get in touch with her as soon as possible before the debate to set out their issues of concern in relation to Newcastle United’
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