Bury Times: Select committee chair visits Bury as part of Shakers inquiry

BURY FC supporters and campaigners got the chance to sit down with the man at the head of the parliamentary inquiry into their crisis on Friday.

Damian Collins MP, chair of the House of Commons' digital, culture, media and sport select committee quizzed EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans, the Football Association and others at a hearing on Monday.

As part of his work, Collins was invited by Bury North MP James Frith to visit the town on to meet with interested parties.

After a meeting at the town hall with council and fan representatives, the MPs made their way to Gigg Lane where they answered questions from a group of passionate supporters in the rain before heading inside to get a tour of the ground by remaining staff members.

The day concluded with a sit down with those behind a proposed phoenix club at the Rose and Crown pub on Manchester Old Road.

“What this visit has reinforced something I deeply believe which is that football clubs are owned by their community and belong to their community,” Collins said.

“It will be the community in Bury which makes sure the club comes back.

“Maybe not in League One straight away but the club will come back. It’s hopeful, there are staff here who aren’t being paid who are committed to the club and trying to keep it going and there are fans who are committed to the club coming back.

“We’ve got to get through this as quickly as we can and then the club will be reborn.

“There are two reasons that we set up the committee inquiry. The truth needs to come out about what went wrong here and I think the football authorities need to be held to account for not doing more sooner.

“I believe from the evidence that we heard on Monday that if action had been taken earlier then this crisis could have been averted.”

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