Over 7,300 people have signed an online petition calling for a Celtic director to be removed from the board for voting in the House of Lords in favour of cutting tax credits.

The former BT chief executive Lord Livingston is a non-executive director of Celtic and he voted in line with the government against delays to George Osborneā€™s tax credit changes on 26 October.

His vote is seen to go against the values of the Scottish club, prompting the online petition, which has set a goal of 60,000 signatures.

The petition reads:

On Monday the 26th of October 2015, Lord Ian Livingston voted in favour of cutting tax credits for some of the poorest families in the UK. Lord Livingston sits on the board of Directors of Celtic Football Club. A club which was formed to help feed the poor in the east end of Glasgow. This work continues today with the ongoing efforts of the Celtic Foundation. We find it hypocritical that Lord Livingston is considered a part of this club and wish him to be removed from the board of directors.

Celtic FC was founded in 1888 by an Irish immigrant monk called Brother Walfrid, who assisted those in need, and a statue in his honour stands outside of Celtic Park.

Lord Ian Paul Livingston was appointed the UK government minister for trade and investment on 11 December 2013, a role he left in May 2015.

He was made a life peer in July 2013, taking the title Baron Livingston of Parkhead.

(HT Evening Times)

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