MPs contact Liverpool FC, urging them to drop water deal

Liverpool FC and Tibet Water Resources Ltd

19th April 2018

The letter raises human rights concerns and calls on Liverpool's directors to reaffirm their commitment to human rights

25 members of Parliament have sent a letter to Liverpool Football Club, raising concerns about its controversial agreement with Tibet Water Resources Limited.

In the letter, which can be read here, the MPs note that Tibet Water, a Chinese company that bottles and sells drinking water extracted from Tibet, is only able to operate in Tibet because of the ongoing Chinese military occupation. They add that the deal is not consistent with Liverpool FC’s longstanding commitment to human rights and conclude that the club should “terminate the agreement” and “reaffirm (its) commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights.”

The letter is signed by Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, who also posted it to her Facebook page, and co-signed by MPs from across the political spectrum and all over the United Kingdom. They include David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, Chris Law, Scottish National Party MP for Dundee West and Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham and also Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet.  

A dangerous deal

Free Tibet has been campaigning against the agreement between Liverpool FC and Tibet Water since its announcement last summer.  According to a press release from July 2017, the deal made Tibet Water Liverpool FC’s "official Regional Water Partner in China". 

Since this announcement, over 85,000 people around the world have signed actions calling on the club to put an end to the deal. We have also written to the club’s directors and to John W. Henry, the club’s owner.  Despite this pressure, we are yet to receive a response from any of those contacted.

The campaign has been carried out in close partnership with other Tibet groups, including Tibet Society and Tibetan Community UK, and also the global consumer movement SumOfUs. We have also worked closely with Liverpool supporters, many of whom have contacted the club themselves to express their dismay at the agreement.

 

MPs who signed the letter

Kerry McCarthy (Labour)

Tim Loughton (Conservative), Chair of the APPG for Tibet

Chris Law (Scottish National Party)

Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat)

Teresa Pearce (Labour)

David Lammy (Labour)

Dr David Drew (Labour)

Stephen Kinnock (Labour)

Daniel Zeichner (Labour)

Stella Creasy (Labour)

Jim Cunningham (Labour)

Siobhain McDonagh (Labour)

Nic Dakin (Labour)

Alex Cunningham (Labour)

Sir David Amess (Conservative)

Ruth Cadbury (Labour)

Darren Jones (Labour)

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour)

Helen Jones (Labour)

Karen Lee (Labour)

Sandy Martin (Labour

 Alex Sobel (Labour)

Joan Ryan (Labour)

Lisa Nandy (Labour)

Damien Moore (Conservative)

Take action

Stand with Tibetans and tell Liverpool FC's owner that the military occupation and exploitation of Tibet’s resources must not be legitimised. The club's directors must drop the deal.