Local politicians hail supporters’ efforts

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POLITICIANS from the Portsmouth area have vowed to do everything they can to help fans save Pompey.

MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock said he had written to the minister for sport to see if more could be done to prevent the ailing club going under.

He added that the Football League should be offering the club and its fans more guidance.

‘They need to give them far more support,’ he said. ‘How will the Football League help the club keep going if the worst happens?

‘How does it start again? Doesn’t a city of our size deserve a decent football team? Now is the time when we all need to come together to help the fans in any way we can.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage threw her support behind their efforts and said she was aiming to raise the matter in parliament.

‘As a lifelong Pompey supporter, I know that the club means the world to its fans. It has made our area proud for over 100 years and its loss would rip the heart of this community.

‘I will do all that I can to help the Pompey Supporters’ Trust in their bid to secure a stake in the club and to secure its long-term future.’

Leader of the council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said he was committed to helping the fans in any way he could and was glad they had met bosses at the football club in the past year.

‘Our discussions need to involve the people running the club,’ he said. ‘Because they are the ones who have been through all this before and the people in charge now know what they are doing. They have definitely been much better than in the past.’