Sir Alex Ferguson could be appointed to the House of Lords if two Manchester MPs have their Early Day Motion (EDM) read in Parliament. Labour MPs Tony Lloyd, Manchester Central, and principal sponsor of the motion Graham Stringer, Blackley and Broughton, have called for football to be more widely represented in the upper house, with Manchester United manager Ferguson the outstanding candidate for a Peerage.
The EDM does not mean Ferguson’s Peerage is guaranteed. Far from it, EDM 1926 is tabled for debate on an unspecified future date and may not receive Ministerial support, although it will remain open signatures for the duration of this Parliamentary session.
That this House recognises the economic, social, cultural and sporting importance of football to the United Kingdom; is therefore surprised at the paucity of representatives from the world of football in the Upper House; further notes that Sir Alex Ferguson, as the manager of Aberdeen and Manchester United, is the most successful manager in the history of British football; and calls for him to be recommended for appointment to the House of Lords.
Ferguson has been a long-term supporter of the Labour Party, dating back to his roots as a shop steward in the Glasgow docks, although the Scot’s closeness to the Labour government has led to predictable criticism of ‘Champagne Socialism’.
Ferguson was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1983, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995 and then a Knight Bachelor in 1999, after United’s historic treble season.