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Cameron's a Pompey fan

As it has been put in certain areas of the media 'beleaguered' Pompey have the support of David Cameron in our quest for survival...

The Prime Minister was answering a call from Penny Mordaunt during 'Prime Minister's questions' today.

Full details, as issued on The Pompey Site, are below...

Prime Minister Backs Blues Survival Bid

Portsmouth Football Club today welcomed a call by Prime Minister David Cameron for HMRC to work with the club to help it survive.

Cameron told the House of Commons that it was vital the club continued and that HMRC should meet with the club to discuss its tax bill.

Pompey face a winding-up petition from HMRC on February 20. The club is seeking new owners and wants HMRC to give it more time to find a solution to its financial issues.

The club's future was raised by Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

She said: "If a local supermarket closes down another quickly takes its place. If Portsmouth Football Club closes down, the Pompey fans will not be content with buying their season tickets from Southampton.

"Will the Prime Minister add his voice to mine in calling for HMRC to meet with the club so it recoups the taxes it's owed, that our club survives and that the fans have their chance to become its owners."

Cameron responded: "I will certainly do that. I think she is absolutely right to raise this issue. Knowing one or two Pompey fans I can completely understand.

"The idea that they can go and support Southampton is completely incredible. We must do all we can to keep this friendly rivalry going."

In learning of the support from Parliament, Pompey chief executive David Lampitt said: "I would like to place on record our thanks to Penny Mordaunt and to the Prime Minister for supporting the efforts of the club and its supporters in pursuing an exit route from its current circumstances.

"We will continue to do everything we can to that end, including working with HMRC and other creditors to ensure that the club has the time it needs."

Is this an area that the Prime Minister should get involved with?

That is down to others to decide, but backing from the countries Prime Minister can only be a positive thing for PFC, right...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 1 2012

Time: 6:59PM

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Never voted Tory in my life and never will but we ned all the help we can get at the moment! Let's see what action follows his intervention and all credit to Penny Mourdant for using her privilege of asking a question so wisely.
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01/02/2012 19:38:00

cor...if my wife saw this headline, she would definately ban me from talking to her about Pompey...she has that glazed look in her eyes as it is, when i do as it is...she HATES him as it is, and his Tory mates...
plymouth graham
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01/02/2012 19:38:00

Not quite sure he's a Pompey fan, it is positive as the corrupt HMRC boss man owes his job to Cameron- is there a bi election coming up or is the woman a Lib Dem? Come to think of it; why didn't Channjust take the HMRC man out to lunch? That would have reduced the tax bill down to the cost of a slap up meal at The Ivy!!
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01/02/2012 19:50:00

I'm not a Tory either, although tbh I don't know who I can say I support politically at the moment.... however I do like this statement from Cameron. He isn't a Pompey fan himself, but at least he knows who we are, and he doesn't want us to become scummers!
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01/02/2012 20:27:00

A blue supporting the blues. It sounds like he understands the situation and with Pompey being a Labour stronghold he might turn a few voters :-)
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01/02/2012 21:06:00

Seems a bit strange...I cant see this helping...Still anythings possible ..still not in admin ;)
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01/02/2012 23:23:00

Fair play, maybe he could get Queen Lizzy of her thorne to help us!? The Conservative Stadium??? HMRC shirt sponsors???
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02/02/2012 07:19:00

Russelm, not the Ivy, it's not that good, the fish & chips are better at Mother Kellys and cheaper. Cameron didn't say he was a Pompey fan, he said he has friends who are. Bet no-one would quibble if one of his rich Tory friends bought the Club by the end of the week would they?
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02/02/2012 12:00:00

Well said Cameron. You don't involve your political beliefs when it comes to the very survival of our club. We need to be there whoever gives us a helping hand. It may not change who you vote for, but our club is our heritage, you can change government but you cannot change our dedication or our right to exist...
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