The former landlord of the Albion pub in Bristol has been disqualified as a company director for paying other creditors ahead of the tax man.
Owain George, the director of OMI Partnership Limited, trading as the Albion pub in Clifton, has been banned for three and a half years having failed to pay a VAT bill totalling £180,567.
George, who stood as a candidate for Bristol Mayor in 2012, took on the pub in 2005, but his company OMI Partnership Limited was placed in liquidation in February 2015 owing various creditors in excess of £625,000.
Robert Clarke, senior investigator at the Insolvency Service, said: "Company directors have a duty to ensure businesses meet their legal obligations, including paying taxes. Deliberate neglect of tax affairs is not a victimless action - it deprives public services of vital money and introduces unfair competition in the business market.
"The Insolvency Service will investigate and take action against directors who do not comply with their obligations."
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