British wrestling will be ’legitimised in UK’ in wake of 2020 scandal, says MP

British wrestling will be “legitimised” in the eyes of the British public, a Labour MP has said.

Alex Davies-Jones was speaking exclusively to the Daily Star on the one year anniversary of the release of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wrestling's report into the state of the UK industry.

The group was created in the wake of the 2020 Speaking Out scandal, which was wrestling's version of Me Too.

It saw hundreds of British wrestlers come forward with stories of abuse – physical, mental and sexual – and sparked calls for widespread change in a largely unregulated industry.

A report was produced with several recommendations on how to move British wrestling forward.

And a year later, Ms Davies-Jones, the MP for Pontypridd & Taff Ely told us: “The All Party Parliamentary Group is made up of cross-party MPs who have a genuine love of the industry and want to see it thrive and change for the better.

“We always knew progress wouldn’t be achieved overnight, and it wouldn’t be easy to bring together so many different components from promotions, training schools, wrestlers and fans but we are making progress.

“I’m proud that we’ve been able to provide some confidence and support to the industry at a time when it has needed it most.

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“The APPG has sought to legitimise the industry to wider society and to provide a platform for those seeking to promote and instigate change from within.

“We’ll continue to do all we can to raise the profile of British wrestling, support the industry and promote what we know to be a brilliant, British institution both here in the UK and abroad.”

The group, which Alex co-chairs alongside Bolsover's Conservative MP Mark Fletcher, also includes Labour's Ruth Jones, Tonia Antoniazzi and Christian Wakeford, alongside Tory MP Paul Bristow.

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A spokesman for the group said: “We have held meetings with the Department for International Trade which has lead to support for wrestling companies working overseas and a promise to promote and support British wrestling Companies operating abroad.

“The APPG met with the UK Health and Safety Executive about its potential support for guidance to help increase knowledge and understanding of legal and other requirements in and around the wrestling industry. We look forward to working with them to make this happen.”

The next 12 months will see review sessions with wrestlers about the progress and impact of the Speaking Out movement being held, as well as the group visiting a number of promotions and training schools in the North of England and the Midlands.

The will also continuing to seek the implementation of the recommendations in the report.

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Earlier this year, 19-year-old wrestler Lucia Lee told us how Speaking Out affected her.

She said: "I got very, very sad (when she started being outspoken about Speaking Out).

“I was being really outspoken for everyone else, and I felt like no one really cared about the repercussions on me, which kind of sucks because I was 17 when it happened.

"A lot of people just sort of, I wouldn't say took advantage, but got me to sort of do their bidding and dirty work a little bit.

“I think because they thought 'oh if Lucy takes all the heat, you know, I won't have to deal with it. ' That kind of annoyed me, but at the end of the day, always speak your mind.

“It got to a point where I didn't want to come back to wrestling – at all."

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