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Labour to support safe standing at English football stadiums

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Today my colleague the Shadow Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (pictured) will announce Labour's support for introducing safe standing at Premier League and Championship football stadiums in England.

This week I had the pleasure of attending a meeting organised by Dr Rosena with representatives from many football supporters' clubs across the country (pictured below), and it was good to see fans there from north west clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Burnley.

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It's clear that there is a huge amount of support for safe standing amongst those who regularly attend matches.

Several weeks ago I wrote to the Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to ask for her position on it, but her response which I received this week showed that the government still needs a lot of persuasion.

My colleague Dr Rosena has led a great deal of work on this and has done a great deal of consultation - it's that research and engagement which has led to her announcement today.

Dr Rosena will be leading Labour's response in a parliamentary debate on the subject on June 25th, and fans can let her know their thoughts at drrosena.co.uk/safestanding

You can read more about the campaign to introduce safe standing and the issues around it on the Football Supporters' Federation website here - http://www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/standing/

I will be attending the debate on June 25th and I'd like to hear from constituents about this. Please let me know your views by emailing me at liz.mcinnes.mp@parliament.uk

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