Damian Collins

Member of Parliament and co-founder of New FIFA Now

Damian Collins is the MP for Folkestone and Hythe and was a member of
the House of Commons Select Committee for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport between 2010 and 2012. He is also Chairman of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network
Vote Leave Goes Bananas Over the UK's Future Outside of the

Vote Leave Goes Bananas Over the UK's Future Outside of the EU

Vote Leave cannot credibly deny the fact that a leaving the EU would be a leap in the dark that would put the UK economy at risk. A vote to stay is a vote for certainty and to secure jobs, lower prices and financial security for British families.
18/05/2016 10:08 BST
Dunkirk Spirit Can't Blind Us to the Consequences of Leaving the

Dunkirk Spirit Can't Blind Us to the Consequences of Leaving the EU

If we stay in Europe, we can have the best of both worlds. Free trade, access to vital information that helps to keep us safe, the influence to shape the EU's rules, and protection in law from being drawn into further economic and political union. No other country in the world would have that opportunity.
07/03/2016 09:05 GMT
Britain's New Special Relationship With

Britain's New Special Relationship With Europe

This new deal marks a clear break with the past, and real change to our membership of the EU. For the first time it is clear in law that we will never be part of economic and political union. Other countries may advance in that direction if they want to, but they can't take Britain with them, or discriminate against us if we refuse to follow.
21/02/2016 18:21 GMT
It's a New Deal for Britain in

It's a New Deal for Britain in Europe

In short, its a new deal for Britain with safeguards for the City of London, which excludes us from political union, gives new powers to stop welfare benefits to EU migrants, commits the EU to more competition and deregulation, and proposes new powers for national parliaments to block EU laws.
02/02/2016 15:01 GMT
Latest Scandals Show We Have to Get Serious About Sports

Latest Scandals Show We Have to Get Serious About Sports Crime

The truth is that in tennis, and most other major sports, only a small amount of resource is invested in fighting corruption. They are simply no match for the organised crime gangs, international gambling syndicates, and greedy dishonest officials. Sports governance has become a wild west, but we need more than a lone ranger to combat it.
18/01/2016 10:38 GMT
The Lessons We Must Learn From the IAAF and Fifa

The Lessons We Must Learn From the IAAF and Fifa Scandals

The crisis that has now engulfed the IAAF shares many of the characteristics of the crisis at Fifa. Again we see allegations that another group of old men of considerable power and standing within their sport, have exploited the lack of independent governance and scrutiny within their organisation, to make money out of cheating.
09/11/2015 13:23 GMT
How We Can Revolutionise the Affordable Housing

How We Can Revolutionise the Affordable Housing Market

The Housing and Planning Bill making its way through parliament has the clear ambition of increasing the supply of homes in our country. However to meet rising demand, and the government's necessarily ambitious housing targets, we are going to have to be even more radical...
06/11/2015 10:20 GMT
Sport Has the Power to Improve Mental and Physical

Sport Has the Power to Improve Mental and Physical Health

Sport has the ability to bring together people of all ages. The Rugby World Cup quarter-finals this weekend will draw huge crowds; to the stadiums, to our pubs and to gatherings in homes and the grassroots clubs that are at the centre of so many of our communities.
16/10/2015 17:43 BST
Fifa Reform Must Be Taken Out of Blatter's

Fifa Reform Must Be Taken Out of Blatter's Hands

Blatter's reform proposals also don't address the need for a body to investigate allegations of corruption that is independent from the Executive Committee and which can publish reports without their approval, so that the truth cannot be suppressed.
19/07/2015 20:06 BST
The Most Persecuted Minority in the

The Most Persecuted Minority in the World

Our collective response to the plight of the Yazidis was the right one. If we fail to replicate that standard in Rakhine, our moral authority will be further diminished and it will be our enemies that pedal examples of the West's indifferences towards the Islamic world's suffering who alone will be the beneficiaries.
26/06/2015 09:03 BST
We May Have to Boycott Fifa to Save

We May Have to Boycott Fifa to Save Football

We are now in the death throes of Sepp Blatter's ailing and failing Fifa regime. No dictatorship willingly gives up its power, but the only question that really remains is how and when it will finally fall.... It is the members of the Fifa Congress, the football associations who represent every playing nation on the planet, who have the power to bring down the Blatter regime, and pressure from the sponsors makes such a revolution more likely. This crisis will eventually bring down Sepp Blatter, and if it continues much longer could wreck Fifa forever.
28/05/2015 13:22 BST
Fifa's Whitewash Report Won't Convince

Fifa's Whitewash Report Won't Convince Anyone

Allegations have been made of millions of dollars of improper payments to Fifa officials who were involved in the process of voting for the winning bids. We are no closer today to knowing whether or not these allegations are true or false. Fifa has investigated itself and not surprisingly found itself to be not guilty.
13/11/2014 12:50 GMT
Read That Garcia FIFA Corruption Report in

Read That Garcia FIFA Corruption Report in Full

Fifa is not above the law; it only looks like that. The FBI is conducting its own investigation into whether corrupt payments were made during the World Cup bids using computer servers based in the USA. They are free to bring forward their own prosecutions, like any other law enforcement agency if they believe that there is clear evidence of wrong doing within their jurisdiction. However, the only real way to hurt Fifa and to make it change its ways is through its finances.
10/06/2014 08:07 BST
FIFA Corruption Allegations Must Question Qatar World

FIFA Corruption Allegations Must Question Qatar World Cup

FIFA seems to treat this kind of scrutiny with complete contempt. It needs to realise that it does not own world football; but is merely the governing body of the sport. It gives the impression of being full of a lot of hard faced old men who have grown rich from the game, and whose instinctive response to any crisis is to cover for each other.
19/03/2014 08:37 GMT
Ed Miliband Is Europe's Nowhere

Ed Miliband Is Europe's Nowhere Man

It was once said that Sir Thomas More's silence echoed across Europe. Ed Miliband's words on Europe, on the other hand, have fallen down into bottomless pit. He is advocating the worst of all worlds... In short, Ed Miliband is telling the British people that they are stuck with the EU as it is.
13/03/2014 09:13 GMT
Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement Will Not Stop

Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement Will Not Stop Assad

The agreement brokered between the USA and Russia on the transfer and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by mid 2014 is not just ambitious, but almost certainly unachievable... The logistical challenge of disarming a regime of chemical weapons whilst it is fighting a brutal civil war are extremely daunting.
09/10/2013 17:36 BST
We Should Be Prepared to Boycott the Fifa World Cup in

We Should Be Prepared to Boycott the Fifa World Cup in Qatar

Like most people I have been appalled to read the recently published stories about the terrible conditions in which the builders and workers in Qatar who are constructing the infrastructure that will support the 2022 Fifa World Cup in that country, are being subjected to. It is shocking to hear about their lack of basic human rights and how so many have died working on projects there. The organisers in Qatar say that they share our concerns, as do Fifa, but they must show the world that they are clearly making a massive effort to stop these practices, and ensure the health and dignity of the workers.
27/09/2013 16:06 BST
Ed Makes His Pitch to 'Allegro

Ed Makes His Pitch to 'Allegro Man'

Ed Miliband's pitch was not to Mondeo man, but to 'Allegro man', inspired by the Austin Allegro car that did so much to cement the decline and fall of the British motor industry in the 1970s. He wants to create an aspirational one nation society through more government taxes, state control and regulation. It is an approach that has always failed in the past and will fail again now.
24/09/2013 16:03 BST