Why Wigan Athletic will be discussed in parliament by MP Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy plans to detail aspects of Wigan Athletic's turbulent few months in parliament - to ensure she can't be sued.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 5:03 pm
Lisa Nandy MP at the DW Stadium

Aware there has been "a lot of litigation flying around" during Latics' time in administration, the Wigan MP will use parliamentary privilege to have her say without any risk of a legal fall-out.

Nandy has frequently voiced her opinion while the League One club's future has been in limbo.

In circumstances such as interviews, a person can risk legal action if they make a slanderous remark or publish a libelous comment.

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However, Members of Parliament can say whatever they wish in the House of Commons without fear of being sued for defamation.

And Nandy plans to use that privilege to her advantage to talk about Latics' saga without any restraint or concerns of repercussions.

"My intention is I'm going to tell this story in a lot more detail, in parliament," she told the Progress with Unity podcast.

"I can speak very openly in parliament about this because I have parliamentary privilege, so I'm protected from any potential legal repercussions which is helpful, because there's been a lot of litigation flying around over the last few months, which I will talk about in parliament a bit more.

"There are some people who have let us down really, really badly. Obviously the previous owners, we were let down by the administrators when they took us down that three month diversion with a bid that it became apparent was going nowhere... we were let down by the government - I can't tell you the number of times I asked the sports minister, I'd ring him on his mobile and say, 'We need help'."

While pleased the club's future has been secured, pending EFL Board approval of new owners Phoenix 2021 Ltd, Nandy still intends to fight for tighter regulation of football finance to prevent other clubs suffering the same fate.