All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters

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The Football Supporters’ Federation supports the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters . 

The cross-party group is chaired by Ian Mearns MP (Labour), a season ticket holder at St James’ Park, and aims to strengthen the voice of football fans in Parliament. The FSF will provide secretariat duties for the group which aims "to represent the interests of match-going football fans and to support the aims and objectives of the Football Supporters' Federation". 

  • Last meeting: Standing: Coming to a ground near you? (Tuesday 1st May 2018, 6pm, CR16 Palace of Westminster) - Celtic FC's Ronnie Hawthorn (Head of Safety, Security and Operations) explained how the newly-installed rail seat standing area is working at Celtic Park. Almost 3,000 fans can be accommodated into Celtic's standing area and Ronnie answered MP questions. The FSF's Peter Daykin explained the next steps for the campaign and how MPs can get involved. The majority of football fans back the choice to sit or stand with most citing an improved atmosphere as their main reason. So far this season the APPG has tackled homophobia in football and issues relating to TV kick-off time - we have actions on these for interested MPs. 
  • Next meeting: TBC. If you are interested in the APPG email: 

 Group officers:

  • Chair: Ian Mearns MP (Labour) 
  • Vice Chair: Ian Blackford MP (Scottish National Party)
  • Vice Chair: Damian Collins MP (Conservative)
  • Secretary: Gavin Newlands MP (Scottish National Party)
  • Treasurer: Jo Stevens MP (Labour)

Other group members:

  • Alan Brown MP (Scottish National Party)
  • Alex Norris (Labour)
  • Anna Turley (Labour)
  • Bill Esterson MP (Labour)
  • Chi Onwurah MP (Labour)
  • Chris Matheson MP (Labour)
  • Clive Betts MP (Labour)
  • Clive Efford MP (Labour)
  • Chris Green (Conservative)
  • Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party)
  • Damian Green MP (Conservative)
  • Dan Carden MP (Labour)
  • Dawn Butler MP (Labour)
  • Gareth Thomas MP (Labour)
  • Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party)
  • Gordon Marsden MP (Labour)
  • Graham Jones MP (Labour)
  • Grahame Morris MP (Labour)
  • Ian Lavery (Labour)
  • Ian Lucas MP (Labour)
  • Ian Murray MP (Labour)
  • Jeff Smith MP (Labour)
  • Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Labour)
  • John Grogan MP (Labour)
  • Jonathan Reynolds MP (Labour)
  • Justin Madders MP (Labour)
  • Justin Tomlinson (Conservative)
  • Laura Pidcock (Labour)
  • Lord Pendry (Labour)
  • Lord Collins (Labour)
  • Mark Menzies (Conservative)
  • Matt Western (Labour)
  • Mike Gapes (Labour)'
  • Nic Dakin (Labour)
  • Rosie Cooper MP (Labour)
  • Paul Williams MP (Labour)
  • Sharon Hodgson MP (Labour)
  • Stephen Hepburn (Labour)
  • Stephen Morgan (Labour)
  • Toby Perkins (Labour)
  • Tom Elliot MP (Ulster Unionist Party)

If you have any further queries, or you are an MP who would like to join the group, email - please use the header "APPG".

Thanks to Robert Sharpe for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under CC licence.