Minister supports green and gold



Government minister Andy Burnham has given his backing to Manchester United’s grassroots green and gold campaign to oust the hated Glazer family from the club. The campaign, backed by the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST), has led to thousands of match-going fans wearing the colours at Old Trafford in recent weeks.

BBC Newsnight’s United-supporting journalist Michael Crick reports that Burnham, an Everton fan, wore the scarf at a recent Fabian Society conference in Manchester.

“The green and gold movement is another manifestation of the great campaigning heritage of this city, and long may that continue,” Burnham told Crick.

Burnham was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between January 2008 and June 2009 before a reshuffle took the Liverpool-born MP for Leigh to the Department for Health. He was a key figure behind the formation of Supporters Direct.

The MUST website reported that membership was close to 140,000 on Monday evening.

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  1. [...] Among those in attendance were Sports Minister Hugh Robertson, former Sports Ministers Gerry Sutcliffe and Kate Hoey, and former Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, who though an Everton fan has been known to don a Green & Gold scarf. [...]

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