Football Governance Bill — Second Reading — 7 Nov 2014 at 14:03

The majority of MPs voted for regulation of the ownership of top professional football clubs and to ensure supporter owned clubs can football competitions.

MPs were considering the Football Governance Bill[1].

The Bill requires:

  • Transparency in relation to the ownership of clubs playing in the top eight levels of English professional and semi-professional football.
  • Club owners to pass a "fit and proper" person test.
  • Organisers of competitions in the top eight levels of English professional and semi-professional football not to prevent community benefit societies and member owned and controlled community interest companies operating a football club.
  • All creditors of a football club to be compensated equally should the club go into administration

The motion supported by the majority of MPs taking part in the vote was:

  • That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Following the vote the Deputy Speaker declared that the question was not decided because fewer than 40 Members had taken part in the Division, and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

The Bill was however not mentioned, nor on the agenda, at the next sitting of the house.

The 2010 Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition agreement[2] stated:

  • We will encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters.


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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con5 (+2 tell) 3 (+2 tell)04.0%
Lab6 002.3%
LDem0 000.0%
Total:11 302.9%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Harriett BaldwinWest WorcestershireCon (front bench)no
Andrew GriffithsBurtonConno
Damian HindsEast HampshireCon (front bench)tellno
Kris HopkinsKeighleyCon (front bench)no
Mel StrideCentral DevonCon (front bench)tellno

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