Following the roundtable I hosted on 6th June and numerous other consultations with stakeholders, I am proud to announce that the Labour Party will be backing proposals for safe standing in football grounds.
The prime concern is safety. The current system isn’t working, people are standing at football matches and stewards seem powerless to stop it. It’s causing issues between clubs and supporters’ groups, it also means people who want to sit are having their view obstructed - particularly affecting children, families, elderly and disabled fans. Overwhelmingly, Premier League and Championship fans are saying they want to have the option to stand safely at football matches.
I am delighted to support the introduction of Safe Standing. We want to give the power to fans, clubs and local safety authorities, to allow for a small area inside a stadium to be designated for Safe Standing. Clubs, fans and local authorities know their stadium far better than anybody in Whitehall - the decision should rest with them.
Today I had the pleasure of meeting representatives from Homeless Health, Balham Nursery and Children’s Centre, and Home Start.
I am proud to support the partnership between these three wonderful organisations, which will make a real difference to our community.