BANKRUPTCY action could be taken by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) against Windsor’s long-serving MP Adam Afriyie.

Court records show a petition for bankruptcy has been filed by HMRC against Mr Afriyie on October 25.

If Mr Afriyie does declare bankruptcy, it does not necessarily mean he will have to step down as an MP and trigger a by-election – unless a bankrupt restriction order is made against him as set out under Parliamentary rules.

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A spokesperson for Mr Afriyie said: “The petition arises for complex reasons related to Adam’s past business interests. Negotiations have been ongoing for several years and the petition is subject to legal challenge as his advisers are working towards reaching an agreement.”

The 56-year-old, who has represented Windsor since 2005, added: “I will of course pay any tax that is due.”

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Mr Afriyie was facing a bankruptcy petition from HMRC in November 2019 after his business Axonn Media Limited fell into administration, which was heard in High Court on January 15, 2020.

National media reports have claimed the Windsor MP’s IT firm Connect Support Services went into insolvency in 2017 and racked up debt with HMRC, however this has not been confirmed by Mr Afriyie’s office.