Portsmouth MP calls on government to learn lessons from Pompey community takeover

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Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt today urged the Government to use the successful community takeover of Pompey to help other football clubs.

Ms Mordaunt said at Prime Minister’s Question Time that The Pompey Supporters’ Trust’s acquisition of the club should be used as a model for helping other teams which are being poorly run by rich owners.

QUESTION Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt

QUESTION Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt

She also highlighted the need for the government to work with Supporters Direct, which seeks to secure more accountability within clubs, to ensure the best outcome for players and fans.

In response, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg - who took questions because David Cameron is in Israel - recognised that fans see this as a ‘really important issue’ and that Maria Miller, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, was constantly looking at ways to improve the outlook for clubs.

Mr Clegg said: ‘It’s currently something we need to keep a close eye on, so clubs large and small can thrive in this country.’