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Sports Think Tank - General Election 2015

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Sports Think Tank

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General Election 2015

Welcome to the Sports Think Tank General Election page.

May 7th has been and gone, and we now know that a Conservative government will be in charge for the next 5 years. On this page, we examine policy proposals from all parties and what this might mean for the incumbent Tories. Read our thoughts on the sport's profile during the Election the implications for this term here.

The sports sector will be challenging and lobbying the Government for the year ahead and beyond to ensure their voice is heard at every stage of the policy making process.

Please scroll down for more information on:

  • Sports organisations manifestos and asks for government
  • Interviews with key influencers on sports policy.
  • Main parties plans for sport as outlined in their manifestos

Sports Organisations’ Manifestos

Interest groups from the sports sector have been having their say on what they would like the next government to do for the next five years.

We have tracked various lobbying documents over the past couple months. We have briefly outlined each of their respective asks. If you are aware of more papers then please do inform us. We have documents from the following organisations:

  • Association for Physical Education
  • Association for Colleges
  • Dance UK
  • English Federation of Disability Sport
  • Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Supporters' Direct
  • Youth Sport Trust
  • The ASA
  • British Cycling

Interviews with Influencers

The Sports Think Tank has undertaken interviews with politicians from some of the main parties in the past few months with varying objectives and emphasis on different areas of the sector at a policy level.

Clive Efford, Labour Party Shadow Sports Minister

We interviewed the shadow minister for sport shortly after the Labour Party released their consultation document, More Sport for All.

John Leech, Liberal Democrats Spokesperson on Sport

The Lib Dems passed a motion for greater government intervention in professional football. We spoke to John Leech to find out what other plans the party have, should they find themselves in government.

Martin Dobson, Green Party Spokesperson on Sport

The Sports Think Tank had an interesting interview to understand what the Green Party's aspirations for sport look like, including notable plans for school sport.

The Main Parties’ Manifestos

References to the main parties' plans for sports policy the next parliament can be found here.

Given the likelyhood of a hung parliament and ultimately a coalition government, many politicians have told us that policies in outlined in manifestos will remain 'aspirations'.