MP in protest against club’s new sponsor

Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue
Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue

MAKERFIELD MP Yvonne Fovargue has joined the protests against Bolton Wanderers’ sponsorship by pay-day loan company QuickQuid.

Ms Fovargue has always been a passionate campaigner against such firms, claiming they are unethical and prey on the vulnerable.

The QuickQuid logo will feature on the club’s new kits and training wear after Bolton signed a two-year contract.

The club said they were excited about the deal and the firm’s commitment to invest in community projects.

However, Ms Fovargue argues that a more suitable choice of sponsor could have been chosen.

“I understand that a club like Bolton Wanderers needs to attract sponsorship to develop and grow,” she said.

“But by entering into a deal of this type partners them with a multi-billion pound industry described as ‘out of control’ by Citizens Advice.

“Only this year 50 of the leading payday lenders were given three months to clean up their act and in Bolton there will be people who have been hit hard by the sharp practices of payday lenders.

“I would ask the club to remember that many people have and continue to struggle as a result of payday lenders and reflect on this and look at what they can do to promote safe alternatives like credit unions and supporting the work of their local Citizens Advice”

Local MP in Julie Hilling, who represents Atherton and Tyldesley, is also against the deal. A protest took place at Bolton Town Hall yesterday.

A similar fuore was provoked by Newcastle took sponsorship from a payday firm.