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MPs form Rangers supporters' club at Westminster

A group of MPs today put political differences aside to set up a supporters club for their favourite football team.

A group of MPs today put political differences aside to set up a supporters club for their favourite football team.

The Rangers supporters club at Westminster is chaired by former Defence Minister Adam Ingram, an avid fan of the Glasgow club.

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And it already has members from across the political spectrum.

Baron Jim Wallace, the former leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and now a member of the House of Lords, is a vice-chairman along with Conservative MP Eleanor Laing and Democratic Unionist Gregory Campbell.

Labour MP Brian Donohoe is secretary of the club which has already attracted around 20 members.

Mr Ingram, who worked alongside Celtic chairman John Reid at the Northern Ireland Office and the Ministry of Defence, told the official Rangers FC website: "We expect there to be more interest in the coming weeks.

"There are officers of the House, police officers and others who work for MPs. Anyone who works within the Palace of Westminster would be eligible to join."

Mr Ingram, MP for East Kilbride, admitted members will find it difficult to get to games due to political commitments.

But he added: "This is a group of people who are all Rangers supporters and want to identify themselves with the club, and that can take many forms.

"I was a regular at Ibrox for about three seasons, but when I became a minister ten years ago my Saturdays were at a premium.

"I was working Sunday to Monday and I simply didn't have time to get to games, but no matter where I have travelled in the world I have tried to listen to or watch games when they are on."

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