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MP calls for football shirt sponsors to be scrutinised

Newcastle United season ticket holder and Labour MP Ian Lavery has called on companies planning to advertise with football teams to undergo a "fit and proper" test, MPs heard on Thursday. Payday loans firm, Wonga, has been criticised for the high interest rates it offers borrowers, but they have recently signed a deal to have its name on Newcastle United's shirts.

Speaking as MPs discussed future Commons business, the Wansbeck MP demanded a Westminster debate to scrutinise such arrangements.

He said: "Will the Leader of the House make time for a debate on sports sponsorship, with the ultimate objective to put in place a fit and proper companies test for future sponsorship at major sporting events?

"I name the likes of Atos and Wonga which, in my belief, are companies which are pretty dubious to be able to sponsor major events in this country."

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