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Gary Neville rules out bid to become Labour MP as he joins Keir Starmer on conference stage | Politics News

Former footballer Gary Neville has ruled out any future bid to become a Labour MP.

Appearing at the party’s conference in Liverpool on Monday, he said he has “no intention of going into politics” as he does not want to give up the businesses he co-owns or his work in football.

The Manchester United defender turned Sky Sports pundit added that he is “not going to be tempted” to stand in the upcoming by-election in West Lancashire.

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The former England star confirmed he had joined the Labour Party back in January this year.

But speaking to broadcasters on Monday, he ruled out any further progression.

“It’s something that I’ve been asked regularly over the last 12 to 18 months,” he said.

“I’ve got no intention of going into politics at all because the reality is I love what I do so much.

“I love what I do in football. I love what I do in the in Greater Manchester with the businesses that I co-own.

“And I have to say that I wouldn’t want to give that up. I feel as though I’m happy in what I’m doing.

“I want to continue to do the things that I’m doing locally in Greater Manchester. I have to say that I feel politically motivated, but I can do as much, I think, for the Labour Party being here today as I can do being an MP.”

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Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and Former footballer Gary Neville attend Britain's Labour Party's annual conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

‘Get behind Keir Starmer’

In a later conversation on the main conference stage with Keir Starmer and shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell, Neville urged delegates to “get behind” the Labour leader as he is a “serious politician”.

Asked what advice he would give the party to put it on the path to victory, he said: “Remain laser-focused and aligned behind a single goal – which is to remove this Conservative government and put everything else aside and focus on that alone.”

He added: “Not only is this current government damaging us in our country, our relationships with our partners in Europe and around the world are broken and shattered.

“We need to rebuild our reputation and that is not going to happen under a Conservative government.”

Asked for his view on Liz Truss, Neville said: “She has tanked the pound lower than my reputation in Liverpool.”

Entering the stage, he had joked: “Usually when I see reds in Liverpool I’m in big trouble. It is the best reception I have ever had here.”

Gary Neville referred to attorney general for potential contempt of court during Ryan Giggs trial | UK News

Former Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville has been referred to the attorney general over a social media post during Ryan Giggs’s domestic violence trial.

Judge Hilary Manley referred the potential contempt of court to the government’s top lawyer during a hearing on Wednesday at Manchester Crown Court, after the Giggs trial collapsed.

“Both the prosecution and defence agreed with me, in the absence of any comment from the jury, and given my clear direction, the trial could properly continue,” she said.

“However, given the author is a person with a high public profile, [the comment] could be seen to be an attempt to influence ongoing criminal proceedings and could be contempt of court.

“Accordingly, I am referring the matter to the office of the attorney general for the consideration of a potential investigation.”

Neville, 47, denies the statement in question was made in relation to the trial.

The Sky Sport pundit’s agent has reportedly said the post referred not to the trial but to how the Glazer family are running Manchester United.

Contempt of court is an offence punishable by a fine or up to two years in prison.

The jury in the trial of Giggs was discharged on Wednesday after failing to reach verdicts for any of the three charges.

The former Manchester United winger, 48, was appointed manager of Wales in 2018, but was suspended in 2020 and stepped down in June this year.

He has denied headbutting his ex-partner Kate Greville, 38, during a row at his home in November 2020 and also denies controlling behaviour, as well as assaulting Ms Greville’s sister Emma, 26.

During the trial, his former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was among the character witnesses to give evidence.

The Crown Prosecution Service has seven days to decide whether to apply for a retrial, which would not be able to take place until at least June 2023.

Giggs and Neville came through the youth ranks together at Manchester United and both spent almost two trophy-laden decades at the club.

Alongside former teammates Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville, the pair bought Salford City in 2014.