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.
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