MP requests a meeting with HMRC about bill

4/11/2011 (NEWS)''MP for Portsmouth North Penny Mordaunt officially opened a new classroom at Mayfield School on Friday 4th November 2011.''Pictured is: Headteacher David Jeapes with Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, in the new classroom.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113921-7555)
4/11/2011 (NEWS)''MP for Portsmouth North Penny Mordaunt officially opened a new classroom at Mayfield School on Friday 4th November 2011.''Pictured is: Headteacher David Jeapes with Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, in the new classroom.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113921-7555)

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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt has called for Treasury minister David Gaulk to meet Pompey officials over the club’s unpaid tax bill.

Ms Mordaunt will request Mr Gaulk meets Pompey chief executive David Lampitt to discuss Pompey’s latest winding-up petition.

The petition was issued to the club on January 3.

She said HMRC’s decision to issue Pompey with fresh action so soon after missing a payment was ‘a bit vindictive’.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘It means that it doesn’t enable us to get the best results to ensure the club is sold.

‘The normal rebuttal we get is that you cannot favour one business over another as a special case.

‘But it’s not like this is a Tesco going under, where another supermarket can spring up.

‘If Pompey goes, fans are not going to go and buy Southampton tickets.

‘At the very least they could meet David Lampitt and it’s really shameful that they haven’t already.’

Ms Mordaunt added she was optimistic the club can overcome this latest hurdle.