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MP calls for Liverpool cruise terminal injunction
3:14pm Wednesday 4th July 2012 in Business
A HAMPSHIRE MP was today due to demand an injunction preventing Liverpool from flouting restrictions on its cruise terminal.
Southampton’s northern rival sparked anger by starting to launch journeys from its terminal before complications over its public funding have been resolved.
European Commission bosses have yet to judge whether the deal put forward with the UK Government complies with state aid law.
Brussels is also investigating what should happen to an £8.6m European development grant given to Liverpool.
Last night she hit out at Liverpool’s “anything goes”
approach to taxpayers’ money, saying her campaign had been backed by MPs in other parts of the country.
She told the Daily Echo: “It’s important that the minister realises the strength of feeling on this.”
It comes as Europe’s competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia yesterday said the UK Government had been reminded of its “obligation to comply with European Union state aid rules” and warned Liverpool that the EU might ask for its money back.