Celtic fans bid to sack director who voted for child tax credit cuts

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Celtic director Lord Livingston voted in favour of the Tories to cut tax credits, a position fans say is at odds with the club's ethos 

29th October 2015 by Robert Armour 4 Comments

Celtic fans have launched a petition to remove a director from their club for voting in favour of tax credit cuts.

Lord Livingston, a non-executive director of Celtic FC, is a former BT chief executive and is known to have been one of the few peers to have voted to push through with the cuts.

As they stand, the proposed changes to tax credits will hit those on low incomes hardest with many working and non-working families losing thousands of pounds a year.  

Now nearly 5,000 people are supporting a petition for the Celtic director to be removed from the club’s board.

If our history and heritage, as well as our ongoing involvement in anti-poverty initiatives are to mean anything, Livingston must be removed

The petition, which has an initial target of 60,000 signatures, says that Lord Livingston’s stance is incompatible with a club whose original mission was to help feed the poor in the east end of Glasgow.

It adds: “This work continues today with the ongoing efforts of the Celtic Foundation. We find it hypocritical that Lord Livingston is considered a part of this club and wish him to be removed from the board of directors."

Livingston quit BT to take up his ministerial role in June and was made a life peer taking the title Baron Livingston of Parkhead.

Livingston is married with a son, a daughter. He was brought up in the affluent Kelvinside district of Glasgow and now lives in Hertfordshire.

Charlie McGuire, a supporter who is supporting the campaign on the Ipetitions site, said:  “Celtic FC was founded to alleviate poverty in the east end of Glasgow.

“The Tory welfare reform bill is designed to hit the lowest paid workers and poorest families in this country.

“It is unconscionable that this privileged Lord, who has never known poverty, and who voted for this legislation, should be allowed to remain on the board.

“If our history and heritage, as well as our ongoing involvement in anti-poverty initiatives are to mean anything, he must be removed.”

29th October 2015 by Ewan Gurr

Credit where credit is due, Celtic FC remain faithful to their charitable heritage and founder, Brother Walfird, who set up the club to put food on the tables of children and the unemployed in the east end of Glasgow almost 130 years ago. Only two years ago, they gave £50,000 to help establish the Glasgow NE foodbank, only quarter of a mile from their football ground, and their fans regularly collect food at home games.

29th October 2015 by Michael mcguigan

Get rid ASAP

3rd November 2015 by Peter

For a person who gets £300 / day attendance allowance, subsidised bar and restaurant, traveling expenses, he really has to go

3rd November 2015 by Peter

For a person who gets £300 / day attendance allowance, subsidised bar and restaurant, traveling expenses, he really has to go