Sources close to Edward Timpson MP have advised me that the morning that HMRC announced the closure of HMRC Crewe, Mr Timpson travelled straight up to the office from London to meet his constituents and the campaign team that he had worked with over the last 6 months.
Local managers were told in advance, and Mr Timpson had met with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (FST) twice in the preceding two days.
However, because Mr Timpson hadn't specifically requested permission from the FST and Workforce Change that morning, a regional manager in another office ordered his ejection.
Mr Timpson lodged a protest with the FST, and his staff were told that the FST would apologise in the lobby.
HMRC seemed to have forgotten to tell the press that bit.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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