Yasmin gets Parliament onside to save the Wanderers

Yasmin tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament in a bid to help save the Wanderers. 

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Yasmin Qureshi has sponsored the motion and is encouraging as many MPs to sign it as possible in order to bring the plight of the Wanderers to the attention of the Government.

In the motion, the Bolton South East MP asks the Sports and Tourism Minister Tracey Crouch to convene an urgent meeting between the cash-strapped club, the Football Association and HM Revenue and Customs.

She has already written to HMRC to ask whether Wanderers can be granted more time to pay off an outstanding tax bill of around £600,000, with a court date currently set for January.

Ms Qureshi said: “The idea of the Early Day Motion is to raise this issue in Parliament and try and get as many MPs on board.

“If 100 Members sign the motion then it has to generate a response from the Government and we can hopefully have a debate.

“I am also hopeful that this can put a bit more pressure on HMRC and convince them to give the club a bit more time — it is not that they aren’t going to pay, we just want to give them more time.”

Ms Qureshi was buoyed by today’s news that club bosses are confident administration can be avoided.

She said: “That is what we really want to avoid, because if the club Is deducted 12 points it will almost certainly be relegated and thus be a less attractive prospect for a buyer.”

The first MPs to sign Ms Qureshi’s motion include Bolton North East MP David Crausby and Bury South MP Ivan Lewis.

She has also drawn support from the Conservative MP for Worthing West, Peter Bottomley and Christopher Stephens — the Scottish National Party’s MP for Glasgow South West.

In the motion, Ms Qureshi stresses the importance of the survival of Wanderers to thousands of people across the borough.

It states: “Bolton Wanderers Football Club forms part of the fabric of the community in Bolton — central to its sense of identity.

“Thousands of the club's supporters have shown tremendous patience, loyalty and passion.”

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