Whites question raised in Parliament

SALISBURY City Football Club’s funding crisis has been raised in the House of Commons following the club’s demotion to the Conference South.

The city’s MP John Glen says he wants Parliament to debate football governance after Moroccan businessman Otail Touzar was alleged to have fallen short of his financial commitments to the club.

The MP told his Parliamentary colleagues: “This week, the Salisbury City Football Club were faced with demotion and a funding crisis when one of its new owners failed to deliver on his promises.

“This is despite the FA waving him through a fit and proper persons test. Would the Leader of the House make time for a debate on football governance, so other small clubs like Salisbury across the country do not have to pay the price of this failure of proper governance?

The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley (leader of the house) said: “My honourable friend raises an interesting point – and he’ll know football authorities collectively introduced more changes and greater requirements around the owners and directors test, particularly at Premier League and Football League level that does support responsible ownership.

“In the case of the Whites, the football conference took steps it believed to be appropriate to establish the club’s funding capability and their decision was to regulate the club. The Conference has some rigorous regulations in place, developed in conjunction with the FA. That has seen a substantial reduction in debt in the Conference in recent years.

“I think members widely feel that there is a case for a debate. A request for such a debate on non-league football to the backbench business Committee was made towards the end of the last session. I will discuss with the Backbench Business Committee whether they would wish for that debate to take place soon – it may be of interest to members across the house.”

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3:11pm Fri 20 Jun 14

kevo432 says...

Absolutely disgusting that Mr Glen cares more about the local football team than The NHS and local end of life care, We raised some valid concerns about both with him as early as December last year and still no resolution or real interest from him, yet a dodgy deal is done over a small football team and he brings it up in parliament, wouldn't surprise me if it was a conservative party member losing money that has stirred his interest in this. Very disappointed the journal doesn't seem interested in highlighting the problems either, so much for the free press.
Absolutely disgusting that Mr Glen cares more about the local football team than The NHS and local end of life care, We raised some valid concerns about both with him as early as December last year and still no resolution or real interest from him, yet a dodgy deal is done over a small football team and he brings it up in parliament, wouldn't surprise me if it was a conservative party member losing money that has stirred his interest in this. Very disappointed the journal doesn't seem interested in highlighting the problems either, so much for the free press. kevo432
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7:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Plebeian says...

kevo432 wrote:
Absolutely disgusting that Mr Glen cares more about the local football team than The NHS and local end of life care, We raised some valid concerns about both with him as early as December last year and still no resolution or real interest from him, yet a dodgy deal is done over a small football team and he brings it up in parliament, wouldn't surprise me if it was a conservative party member losing money that has stirred his interest in this. Very disappointed the journal doesn't seem interested in highlighting the problems either, so much for the free press.
I am sure Mr Glen does not care MORE about Salisbury City FC than the NHS and local end of life care. He has either sensed or been informed of an injustice which has been visited upon his local football club.

It would be interesting to learn whether or not Mr Glen has been lobbied by the Club or its supporters, or simply taken up the matter himself.

It would also be interesting and important to learn of the concerns regarding the NHS and local end of life care, if it is not too personal for the contributor to make public.
[quote][p][bold]kevo432[/bold] wrote: Absolutely disgusting that Mr Glen cares more about the local football team than The NHS and local end of life care, We raised some valid concerns about both with him as early as December last year and still no resolution or real interest from him, yet a dodgy deal is done over a small football team and he brings it up in parliament, wouldn't surprise me if it was a conservative party member losing money that has stirred his interest in this. Very disappointed the journal doesn't seem interested in highlighting the problems either, so much for the free press.[/p][/quote]I am sure Mr Glen does not care MORE about Salisbury City FC than the NHS and local end of life care. He has either sensed or been informed of an injustice which has been visited upon his local football club. It would be interesting to learn whether or not Mr Glen has been lobbied by the Club or its supporters, or simply taken up the matter himself. It would also be interesting and important to learn of the concerns regarding the NHS and local end of life care, if it is not too personal for the contributor to make public. Plebeian
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8:34pm Sat 21 Jun 14

kevo432 says...

Mr Glen has received several letters and emails regarding concerns as has the CEO of the trust as far back as December, yet no satisfactory response has been forthcoming. A couple of weeks has passed since a dodgy deal was done over a football team and he raises the issue in parliament.
I understand why so few people come forward with complaints after the passing of relatives, you just get to a point where you think the people in charge just don't care and don't listen.
Mr Glen has received several letters and emails regarding concerns as has the CEO of the trust as far back as December, yet no satisfactory response has been forthcoming. A couple of weeks has passed since a dodgy deal was done over a football team and he raises the issue in parliament. I understand why so few people come forward with complaints after the passing of relatives, you just get to a point where you think the people in charge just don't care and don't listen. kevo432
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