MP backs opposition to renaming of St James’s Park

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NORTH Tyneside MP Mary Glindon has registered a protest over the renaming of Newcastle United’s St James’s Park ground.

She was one of a dozen MPs to sign an early-day motion objecting to the decision to rename the ground the Sports Direct Arena.

Since the black letters spelling out St James’s Park were removed from the ground last week, it has been repeatedly targeted by vandals angry at the move.

The decision to get rid of the St James’s Park name is intended to open up sponsorship opportunities, potentially earning the club millions of pounds, but it has sparked an outcry among fans.

Mrs Glindon, pictured, said: “The rebranding of St James’s is ugly cultural vandalism which most fans will just ignore until common sense prevails again.”

Other MPs backing the motion, tabled last week by Gateshead’s Ian Mearns, include Wansbeck’s Ian Lavery.

They have branded the move “corporate vandalism” and urged club owner and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley to reconsider his decision.

Almost as soon as the name of St James’s Park was removed from the ground last month, it was sprayed on a wall there by vandals and, after being cleaned off, was sprayed on again.

No comment has been made by Newcastle United about the Parliamentary motion.