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Mark Field ‘numb with disbelief’ over Bury Football Club expulsion

Tory MP for Cities and Westminster voted against Labour's 'no deal' legislation on Monday

06 September, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Mark Field  

MARK Field is “numb with disbelief” – but not by the chaos within his party.

The Conservative MP for Cities and Westminster is a lifelong fan of Bury Football Club, which has been expelled from the English Football League over its finances.

Mr Field, who was suspended from ministerial duties after he was filmed expelling a Greenpeace protester from a black-tie banquet in June, wrote on his blog this week about the plight of his beloved “Shakers”.

He said: “To be honest like many football fans my passion for the game is wrapped up in an unquestioning support for the team I have followed through thick and thin these past 48 years. Seven promotions and seven relegations later I am still numb with disbelief that I shall not be nervously awaiting their score at tea time every Saturday from August to May.”

“Funnily enough one of the high points in my support for Bury came only this March when we secured a one-nil win at Stevenage with a Nicky Maynard goal five minutes into injury time – the last time I saw them live. Then there was the unforgettable afternoon at Vicarage Road, Watford in April 1997, when I took an afternoon off from election campaigning –  clearly alone this must have condemned the Tories to their worst defeat since 1832! – to see us grind out a goalless draw and secure promotion to the second tier of English Football for the first time in almost three decades.”

Mr Field voted on Monday night against Labour’s bill to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal. He had earlier said that the decision to “prorogue parliament” was not unconstitutional, illegal or could be considered a “coup”.

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