|Coventry millionaire Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson has
reclaimed his seat on the board of Coventry City Football Club.
Mr Robinson was a Sky Blues’ director when the Labour party
returned to power in the 1997 General Election, but soon afterwards
he was made Paymaster General and stood down from the City board.
As a member of the Government, Mr Robinson had to give up all his
directorships and that included his role at Highfield Road. He was
made the club’s Honorary President while his place on the board
was taken by his long-time business associate, Miss Brenda Price,
who is an accountant.
Mr Robinson lost his Government role after allegations about
loans he had made to fellow Minister Peter Mandelson. A high-profile
investigation into Mr Robinson’s business affairs followed, but
although the MP had to apologise to the Commons for withholding some
information, no wrong-doing on his part has been proven and no
action has been taken against him.
Free from Government office, Mr Robinson was voted back on to the
board of the football club at a board meeting held at Highfield Road
at the end of last week.
Coventry City now has eight directors – Chairman Bryan
Richardson and Deputy Chairman Mike McGinnity, plus Derek Higgs,
Michael Jepson, Brenda Price, John Reason, Geoffrey Robinson and
Graham Hover, who is also the company secretary. Local businessman
Joe Elliott is an Associate Director of the club, but does not sit
on the board.