Watford Labour Party has continued its campaign for Watford FC to become a Living Wage Employer.

It comes after the club said its permanently contracted staff have for “some time been receiving a salary at least in line with the Living Wage.”

But following on from a BBC news report with Citizens UK and Labour’s Mayor of London Sadiq Khan campaigning for all Premier League clubs to pay the Living Wage, Watford Labour want the Hornets to include third party staff as part of their pledge.

Emma Kosmin, Living Wage Campaigner and Labour’s candidate in Central Ward for the local elections, said: “Watford FC should ensure all staff - from cleaners to stewards - can earn a fair days pay for a fair days work.

“We're calling on the club to step up as responsible employer and lead the way in Watford. When you think about how much players and managers are paid - and remember that Luton FC have been Living Wage accredited for five years - there's simply no excuse for poverty pay at Vicarage Road stadium."

Chris Ostrowski, Watford Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate, added that he wrote to the club to ask for it to consider becoming an accredited living wage employer, which would “be an important display of leadership in Watford.”

A spokesperson from Watford FC said: “The club has rolled out the living wage across its matchday casual workers. Furthermore, we continue to encourage third-party suppliers and contractors to reflect this practise among their workforce.”

The real living wage is at least £9 an hour and is calculated every year based on the cost of living.