MP wants Commons debate over football club future

Worcester News: Jesse Norman Jesse Norman

AN MP is seeking a House of Commons debate over the future of a football club.

Jesse Norman has been lobbying ministers in Westminster ahead of a winding-up order faced by Hereford United next Monday.

Mr Norman, the Conservative MP for Hereford and south Herefordshire, says MPs should debate the financial viability of local football clubs to bring the issue into the public spotlight.

"Hereford United has a proud history and a famous name throughout football, and they are part of the lifeblood of the city," he said.

"A lot of people have been incredibly generous and dedicated already in helping the club, but Herefordians of every stripe and interest need to get behind the Bulls now in their hour of need.

"Football in the UK is just not set-up on a sustainable basis. Many of the big clubs are owned by foreign billionaires, while the small ones are left struggling. How can it be right that the very existence of Hereford United can be under threat, for an amount equal to half a week's wages for a good Premiership player."

He says he will also continue to press the case for Hereford United with HM Revenue and Customs.

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12:24pm Tue 21 Jan 14

CityBlueBoy says...

What about WCFC ????
What about WCFC ???? CityBlueBoy

1:32pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Pomygranit says...

Is Mr Norman also going to take up the cases of the hundreds of other small businesses that are in the same situation with HMRC? Doubt it .

I have to pay the taxman why should a football club have his help.

No government is willing to tackle the likes of Google, remember who is Peter Luffs replacement in waiting, Amazon, Starbucks etc who actively go out of their way to pay as little tax as possible
Is Mr Norman also going to take up the cases of the hundreds of other small businesses that are in the same situation with HMRC? Doubt it . I have to pay the taxman why should a football club have his help. No government is willing to tackle the likes of Google, remember who is Peter Luffs replacement in waiting, Amazon, Starbucks etc who actively go out of their way to pay as little tax as possible Pomygranit

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