Kamran Hussain demands government protect Leeds sports fans from Brexit.
Following revelations from the organisers of the Commonwealth Games, Kamran Hussain has written to the Secretary of State for DCMS, Nicky Morgan, to demand answers as to what steps government is taking to protect Leeds Sports Fans from the effects of Brexit.
This follows revelations about the organisers of the Commonwealth Games’ deepest fears about the potentially crippling effects of Brexit on the Games.
Concerns include workforce attrition and cost inflation and also possible increases in crime and disorder that result in reprioritised staff to deliver ‘BAU’ services (e.g. civil disobedience requires more operational policing) resulting in less resource availability for Games activity.
The organisers also have fears over a potential lack of available workforce. They state that they use suppliers that have traditionally relied upon small numbers of EU workforce to supplement their UK-based workforce for the 10 day period of the Games. If they are no longer permitted to employ EU workers without a visa, this could result in a shortage of resources and/or a delay to recruitment to fill these roles or inflate the market price.
Kamran Hussain has written to Nicky Morgan to express concern that similar issues will affect the day-today running of sports venues in Leeds and to demand to now what steps the government is taking to protect fans in Leeds in the face of Brexit.
Commenting on the worrying findings, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Leeds North West Kamran Hussain said
“Leeds has a rich sporting culture, our communities all come together to support the local teams, but the people of Leeds also know better than most the damaging effects of clubs struggling with finances and the impacts that can have on supply chains and supporters.
“We cannot sit by while the government races towards no-deal Brexit and jeopardises the future of our local football, cricket and rugby teams. That is why, while the Tories and Labour continue to facilitate Brexit, I have written to the secretary of State demanding to know what action is being taken to defend our clubs.”