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Which football teams do these political figures support?

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So, the General Election is almost here, and people are asking the politicians the important questions.

But we know what the most important is – what football teams do they support?

Conservatives

Theresa May – an avid cricket fan – is often reported to be an AFC Wimbledon supporter, after all the current Prime Minister spent eight years as a councillor in Merton from 1986 until 1994.

David Cameron is a well-documented Aston Villa fan except for that time he accidentally said he supported West Ham. His former right-hand man George Osborne supports Chelsea, he was in attendance to see them lift the Champions League in 2012.

Karren Bradley, the Minister responsible for sports, is, according to The Guardian, an avid Manchester City fan.

One of her predecessors, Jeremy Hunt, current Health Minister was asked who he supported, he replied: “Chelsea - which is a little bit of a cliché for a Conservative culture secretary!”

Former frontbencher, Michael Gove - as well as soon to be retired former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson - support Queens Park Rangers. Gove was in attendance as the club won the 2014 play-off final, attending with former Lib Dem minister Jeremy Browne.

Chelsea seems a popular choice within the party – Robert Halfon, Education Minister and former Deputy Chairman also support the Blues.

Labour

Jeremy Corbyn is a massive Arsenal fan. He is #WengerIn and lists his favourite players as Jens Lehmann, Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp.

Former frontbencher Ed Balls, victim of 2015’s Portillo Movement, is currently chairman of Norwich City.

Whilst brother David was a board member at Sunderland, Ed Miliband once said: “If I’m completely honest I’m a lapsed Leeds United fan. I partly lapsed because I live in Doncaster as an MP, so I have some loyalty to them, and also because we’ve had a pretty dreadful 20 years.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is a Liverpool supporter, after difficult experiences watching London clubs Chelsea and Wimbledon in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, Shadow Minister Rebecca Long-Bailey supports Manchester United, having grown up near the Red Devil’s Old Trafford stadium.

Toby Perkins, who once organised a Parliamentary Labour football team, supports Sheffield United and Chesterfield.

SNP

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is an Ayr United supporter; her dad took her to matches when Ally McLeod was manager and Henry Templeton was her favourite player: “But my heart lies with Ayr United, and Ally will always be a legend for my dad,” she said. 

Her predesesor, Alex Salmond, is a Hearts of Midlothian supporter. He listed the 1962 Scottish League Cup Final win as a favourite moment, and discussing his support for the Edinburgh club, he said: “My own experiences as a Hearts fan watching my team in finals has been a mixed one down through the years, with a few triumphs, including the most recent, a penalty shoot-out win over Gretna in 2006, as well as some disappointments along the way.”

Lib Dems

On Monday’s Question Time special, Liberal Democrat leader and Lancashire native Tim Farron noted he was a Blackburn Rovers supporter. However, in 2012, he tweeted he also supported local non-league side Kendal Town.

Whilst he was Deputy Prime Minister on a visit to Corpus Christi School in South London, Nick Clegg told pupils his whole family supported Arsenal. Clegg noted he had taken his children to the North London derby weeks before, where they shook the hands of Arsene Wenger.

UKIP

Paul Nuttall spent times on the books of Tranmere Rovers, though despite claims otherwise, he never signed a professional contract with the club.

Crystal Palace fans are often nicknamed Nigels – and they are the team of former party leader Nigel Farage, though Farage prefers cricket.

Plaid Cmryu

Plaid MEP Neil McEvoy is a Cardiff City supporter. Last year, he was critical of Marks and Spencers advertising - it was suit supplier to the England team at a Cardiff store: "Last time I checked Culverhouse Cross was in Wales."

Greens

Party co-leader Caroline Lucas has taken part in many events at Brighton & Hove Albion, as part of her role as MP for Brighton Pavilion.

She was delighted with the club’s recent promotion: "This is absolutely fantastic news which has brought the whole city together,” she said, before adding: "Now’s our chance to show to all of the big Premier League clubs what a great city Brighton is in so many ways. Maybe we can even do a Leicester!"

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