Mary Kelly Foy MP for City of Durham
Mary Kelly Foy MP for City of Durham

Following Mary’s call for the FA to fund defibrillators for grassroots football clubs, there has been support and coverage of the campaign in a wide range of media outlets.

Mary’s campaign has been featured in The Mirror alongside an emotional interview with Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers player who suffered a cardiac arrest in an FA cup game in 2012.

The open letter was also highlighted by BBC Sport in their podcast The Sports Desk where it was noted that the FA currently do not have any protocol for grassroots clubs to own defibrillators. Mary’s call for the FA to fully finance these would rectify this.

Locally, the campaign was highlighted by The Northern Echo where the call for the FA to expand their ‘Emergency Aid’ course was noted as a major part of the campaign led by Mary.

Writing in the letter Mary Kelly Foy MP said: “Christian Eriksen’s life was undoubtedly saved by the quick actions of the players, officials, and medical staff in Copenhagen.

“This should be applauded by everyone. These quick actions, especially by Danish captain Simon Kjaer and referee Anthony Taylor, have shown the need for the expansion of the FA’s Emergency Aid course to become compulsory to a delegation of players, coaches, and referees up and down the country.”


Mary also appeared on Bloomberg earlier this month where she answered a range of questions on the delay of lockdown easing and education.

On the delay of lockdown easing Mary said that the blame for the delay of “freedom day” lays squarely at the door of the government.

“Let’s be clear, the delay is only happening because once again the government have acted far too slow. Obviously, we have to be guided by the science; the gvmt were warned this variant would take hold. We have a government who talk a lot about being strong on our borders and here we see them leaving the borders open and this Indian variant was allowed to take hold… Once again, incompetence and bumbling from the PM”

Mary then highlighted how big of an effect these delays would have on businesses in Durham.

“I think it’s going to be hugely disappointing and damaging for many businesses, especially those in the hospitality sector. It’s totally wrong that these businesses have to suffer because of the government’s poor handling of the borders. There are a lot of pubs and restaurants and music venues that have been really effected by the restrictions and they’ve been waiting to open up again on the 21st June, this extra four weeks lockdown is going to be a huge blow to their businesses.”

Finally, Mary spoke about the campaign to provide a new building for Framwellgate School – where she visited on the 14th June to discuss this issue.

“I visited Framwellgate School, a building that has been there since 1965, it’s unbelievable how poor that building is. It floods as soon as there’s any rain, there’s old buildings that are crumbling. It’s not a great learning environment for young people. We know that education is important, but the buildings play a massive part in people’s education.”

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