Cardiff MP raises City rebrand in Commons

Thanks to Cardiff South & Penarth MP Stephen Doughty, who is a Trust member, for raising the issue of the rebrand and supporter involvement in clubs in a question in the House of Commons. This is what was asked and the response from a UK Government Minister.

Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth) (Lab/Co-op): What steps she is taking to increase supporter engagement with football clubs. [903017]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Mrs Helen Grant): Supporters are key to the success of any football club and I commend their active engagement in the sport. My Department works closely with Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation, and will of course continue to do so.

Stephen Doughty: I thank the Minister for her answer. I should like to put on record my membership of the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust and the Cardiff City Supporters Club. Given the importance of emblems, colours and club names to national heritage, what consultations does the Minister think should take place as a matter of course with supporters’ representatives if any changes to those elements are proposed? Does she think that that should form a key part of future licensing arrangements for football clubs?

Mrs Grant: The role that supporters play is critical, and I am encouraging the football authorities further to develop their relationships with supporter groups. As the Hon. Gentleman knows, financial support is made and supporter liaison officers are in place. The offer of secretariat support for the expert group that I have mentioned is also a welcome move, but more needs to be done.