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Welsh MPs call for Blatter to quit

Two Welsh Labour MPs have added their voices to the calls for Sepp Blatter to stand down as President of FIFA following the arrests in Switzerland as part of an FBI anti-corruption investigation. The Football Association of Wales has said it will vote against Sepp Blatter's re-election as FIFA President.

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, who's the new Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, spoke on behalf of the Labour Party when the FIFA arrests were raised at Westminster.

Yesterday the whole world saw that beneath the mask the beautiful game has a very, very ugly face. Can anyone be in any doubt at all that FIFA is rotten to the core and needs swift and wholesale reform? What is particularly galling is that the value of the World cup is not created by FIFA but by the many millions of loyal fans around the world. Football belongs to the mums and dads taking their children to their first match and to the youngsters lining their bedroom walls with posters, not to the fat cats who have creamed off millions of pounds for themselves. Is it not inconceivable that Sepp Blatter should continue in post now that his own election as president in 2011 is under investigation by the Swiss authorities?

– Chris Bryant MP

Stephen Doughty MP suggested that Sepp Blatter was not the only FIFA officlal who should quit. He said that after years of allegations about the Zurich based organisation, the Swiss authorities also had some questions to answer.

I share the incredulity of many football fans that Sepp Blatter and the senior leadership of FIFA can remain in their positions after these allegations, which have been going on for some time. Does the Secretary of State agree that the Swiss Government need to take a serious look at how they regulate and oversee the activities and finances of international sporting organisations, including not only FIFA but the International Olympic Committee, UEFA and many other bodies located in Swiss territory?

– Stephen Doughty, Labour MP for Cardiff South & Penarth

The Secretary of State, John Whittingdale, said the Swiss authorities were now clearly taking the matter very seriously and working with the FBI. He said a change in leadership at FIFA was badly needed and he was pleased that the UK's four football's associations were all backing UEFA's call for action. He added that "this is merely the latest sorry episode to suggest that FIFA is a deeply flawed and corrupt organisation".

Shadow cabinet post for Rhondda MP Chris Bryant

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant has been appointed Shadow Culture Secretary by the acting Labour Leader, Harriet Harman, who did the job herself under Ed Miliband. Mr Bryant has been a vocal critic in the last few days of Labour's election campaign. Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith has kept his job in the reshuffle.


Chris Bryant: 'The truth is that concussion can kill'

Speaking ahead of today's roundtable in Parliament, Chris Bryant MP said:

There are many misconceptions about concussion, but the truth is that concussion can kill and too few coaches, players and parents know enough to protect players, especially in collision sports.

Following the head injury Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris sustained at Goodison Park back in November, I promised to establish a cross-party campaign in Parliament to raise awareness of this important issue.

As a Welshman, rugby fan and former player for the Parliamentary rugby team, I'm concerned that not enough is being done to ensure players and coaches are aware of the dangers from concussion.

– Chris Bryant MP (Labour)

Tanni Grey-Thompson: 'Concussion in sport is a serious issue'

Sport and physical activity is a fantastic thing to be involved in, but concussion in sport is a serious issue and it is time that not just 'Sports', but everyone who is involved in sport thinks about how we tackle this.

This includes coaches, parents and also the medical profession. We need to find a way that children and adults can participate, have fun but also be safe.

– Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Campaign highlights dangers of concussion in sport

The campaign hopes to improve research into the long term effects of concussion in sport Credit: PA

A new campaign is being launched to raise awareness of the dangers of concussion in sport.

Today Chris Bryant MP (Labour), and Baroness Grey-Thompson (Crossbencher) will chair a Parliamentary roundtable looking at the issue.

Members of the English and Scottish Rugby Unions, the Football Association and the Professional Footballer's Association will attend the roundtable, as well as leading concussion campaigners Lewis Moody, Rory Lamont and Peter Robinson.

It's hoped today's roundtable will be a chance for key figures in the sporting world to discuss what more can be done to ensure players of all levels of sport, play in a competitive but safe environment.


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Tesco pledged to 'secure transfers and help locals'

Tesco has released its recruitment policy for its new Essex distribution centre after relocating it from Harlow to Dagenham.

The supermarket chain reacted after reports that the shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant had planned to claim it employed foreign workers because they were cheaper than local ones.

His modified speech, delivered this morning, had removed the claim.

Tesco's "recruitment charter" to job agency Staffline Group for hiring staff at its new distribution centre in Dagenham in Essex Credit: Tesco

The charter promises to "do everything possible to secure as many positions possible for Colleagues at Harlow DC [distribution centre] to transfer to the Dagenham DC" and to "engage with the local people."

You can see the full charter here.

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Home Office: Tough reforms having an impact

Responding to criticism from Labour's Chris Bryant, Immigration Minister Mark Harper defended the government's immigration minister said the government's "tough reforms" are having an impact "in all the right places."

Our tough reforms are having an impact in all the right places. We have tightened the routes where abuse was rife and overall numbers are down as a result - net migration is at its lowest level for a decade.

And we are building an immigration system that works in the national interest and is supporting growth. Latest Labour market statistics show that there has been a rise in numbers in employment, which has benefitted British citizens first, but we are still attracting skilled migrants to come to the UK where they are needed by British businesses.

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Labour amends language in foreign worker speech

Labour's immigration minister Chris Bryant toned down his speech on the impact of foreign labour on the UK labour market, omitting some of the extracts reportedly leaked to the Sunday Telegraph.

Mr Bryant dropped key passages from the speech, and made it clear that he did not label either of the companies "unscrupulous"

He did however criticise Next for using a recruitment agency that has an entirely Polish website, and he said both companies need to look at why they take on significant numbers of workers from overseas. Libby Weiner reports.

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Tesco: 'Vast majority' of Dagenham staff live locally

Tesco have welcomed Chris Bryant's praise during his speech on immigration and the labour market, and stressed the "vast majority" of the people they recruited for their Dagenham store are British and live locally.

We’re pleased that Mr Bryant has recognised that Tesco is a good employer and an important source of jobs in Britain.

We worked incredibly hard to recruit people from the local area in Dagenham and as a result of that work, the vast majority are British and live locally.

We have one of the best pay and benefits packages in the industry, and we pay the same rate whether our colleagues are British or from the EU.

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