Newcastle MP to present petition to Parliament over Premier League
Following the Premier League’s reply to her letter on the collapse of the Newcastle United takeover, Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah has announced that she will present a petition to the House of Commons. The Petition calls for greater transparency and accountability for the Premier League and their takeover processes.
Chi said “This petition will require a response from the Government on an issue that is of great concern to many of my constituents who have called on me to take action. Football is an important part of the economy and cultural identity of my constituency and the lack of transparency and accountability of the Premier League affects the city – it also matters to football fans across the country. The government should not hide from an issue that millions are so passionate about”
Chi launched the petition on Wednesday evening on her website (link) asking for fan support, attracting more than 10,000 supporters overnight. MP’s have a right to petition the House of Commons on behalf of their constituents and the Government is required to respond. The Government’s response will also be considered by the Petitions Committee who can recommend further steps action including scrutiny by a Select Committee or a Parliamentary Debate.
Chi said, “I am really pleased by the support that my petition has already received. It will require response from the Government and keep the pressure on them and the Premier League to provide clarity and accountability for fans across the country. Government promised a fan led review of football in its manifesto but it has yet to deliver.”
Notes for editors
- The petition can be found here and reflects traditional parliamentary protocol (link)
- There is an existing petition on change.org regarding the takeover which has amassed 110k signatures. This does not require any Government response.
- Chi’s petition will require the Government to respond. The petitions committee will then consider the response and can recommend further action including scrutiny by a Select Committee or a Parliamentary Debate. https://guidetoprocedure.parliament.uk/articles/cCt2UriN/response-to-paper-petitions
- An E-Petition on the Parliament website would guarantee a Commons debate if it received 100k signatures. There is currently no such petition but there is a significant backlog on EPetition Parliamentary Debates following the suspension of such debates due to the Covid crisis, and the Government refusal to assign more Parliamentary time. Therefore Chi feels her petition will ensure a Government response in the shortest time frame. https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/326/petitions-committee/content/145126/find-out-more-about-epetitions/