A Worcestershire MP for Evesham wants to see women’s football tournaments added to the list of ‘crown jewels’ protected events.

Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire and sports minister, wants to see both the women’s World Cup and European Championship added to the list.

He has written to sports governing bodies and broadcasters to secure a renewed position on the addition of women’s sporting events to the listed events regime.

This comes as England prepares to host the women’s Euros in July.

“We remain absolutely committed to supporting women’s sport at every opportunity, including raising its visibility in the media, which can help improve accessibility and participation,” he said at a parliamentary debate on women’s football last week.

“As England prepares to host EURO 2022 this summer, the addition of the Women’s Euros and World Cup would be a fantastic long-term boost for the game.”

The move would see the tournaments made available to free-to-air television broadcasters, joining the Olympics, the Paralympic Games, the men’s World Cup and Euros, the FA Cup Final, the Grand National and Wimbledon and others as protected events.

In 2019 a record-breaking 28.1 million people across the UK tuned in to watch the BBC’s coverage of the women’s World Cup, including 11.7m people for England’s semi-final defeat to the United States.

Sports governing bodies and broadcasters will have three weeks to consider their position.