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Petition raised to remove director

Celtic fans call for Livingston to go over tax credit vote

Ian LivingstonSupporters of Celtic Football Club are demanding the removal of Lord Livingston from the board after he voted in favour of cutting tax credits.

More than 7,300 fans have signed an online petition accusing him of being “hypocritical” because his vote in the House of Lords was contrary to the values of the club.

Celtic was founded in 1888 by Irish immigrant monk Brother Walfrid, who assisted those in need. A statue in his honour occupies a prominent position at the entrance to Celtic Park.

Lord Livingston, a former chief executive at BT Group and minister for trade, is a non-executive director of Celtic and was made a life peer in July 2013, taking the title Baron Livingston of Parkhead.

During this week’s debate in the second chamber he opposed measures aimed at halting Chancellor George Osborne’s tax credit changes.

The petition reads:

On Monday the 26th of October 2015, Lord Ian Livingston voted in favour of cutting tax credits for some of the poorest families in the UK. Lord Livingston sits on the board of Directors of Celtic Football Club. A club which was formed to help feed the poor in the east end of Glasgow. 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.

 

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