Delighted MP fought hard for football club

Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt
Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt

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PENNY Mordaunt joined in the fight for Pompey by directly asking for the prime minister’s help with the taxman.

The Portsmouth North MP urged David Cameron to intervene with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to prevent it winding up the club over its debts.

And the evening before yesterday’s hearing, it emerged that Ms Mordaunt had written to HMRC’s head of debt recovery, Des Dolan, to urge him to support the administration application and to ask that an alternative to UHY Hacker Young be appointed to oversee the process.

She was jubilant following yesterday’s judgement that PKF will be the new administrators.

She said: ‘A lot of people will be disappointed in this [the administration] but it is the only way forward and by going into administration other opportunities will come up for investors, who would have been reluctant to buy the club with a wining-up order hanging over it.

‘Yes it’s disappointing to be here again, but don’t lose heart.

‘In my conversations with HMRC I’ve always asked them to look at our club and its situation and not bring into it the other sins of football.

‘There’s a lot of bad practice in football and a lot of tax that hasn’t been paid, but this is about our club.

‘HMRC have a job to get its tax and I respect that but it will help them do that if the club is viable in the Championship and can find new owners.’