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MP's office door glued shut by 'anti-Brexit campaigners'

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The Conservative constituency office in Barton
The Conservative constituency office in Barton

ANTI-BREXIT campaigners are suspected of having glued shut the door of New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne's local office in Barton.

Superglue was squirted into the lock of the front door to pro-Brexit Sir Desmond's base off Barton Court Avenue.

The office is usually manned by party activist Cllr Beverley Thorne who discovered the vandalism when she arrived for work on Monday, having been off for a week when the premises was left empty.

Cllr Thorne said the incident followed months of anti-Brexit stickers being regularly plastered over the door.

“We peel them off and laugh about it,” she told the A&T. “This morning when I came back to the offices the whole of the door lock was filled with superglue and ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ stickers stuck over the handle.”

Superglue was poured into the lock
Superglue was poured into the lock

The mechanism was ruined and would have to be replaced, she said. She only got in after another party worker brought the key to the backdoor. The matter has been reported to the police, she said.

Cllr Thorne added: “On the whole, people who come here are very friendly and they put their point across in a pleasant manner, no matter what they support.

“But members have asked us to keep the door locked and be observant. It’s something we are aware of as 31st October comes closer. We’re not sure that things might escalate.”

The discovery followed thousands of protestors taking to the street around the UK, including Lymington, in response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament later this month, and rumours swirling of an imminent general election.

Sir Desmond Swayne and fellow local pro-Brexit Tory MPs Julian Lewis, of New Forest West, and Sir Chris Chope, of Christchurch, are backing Mr Johnson’s push for a departure from the EU on 31st October “whatever the circumstances”.

Sir Chris Chope, Sir Desmond Swayne and Julian Lewis
Sir Chris Chope, Sir Desmond Swayne and Julian Lewis

Business no-deal warning to MPs

This week both New Forest MPs received an open letter by leading business group the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) which wrote to every parliamentarian in the region urging them to find a Brexit deal “that works for the south-east”.

The letter from CBI director-general Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said: “There is no such thing as a no-deal without negative consequences for jobs and growth.

“Tariffs and additional customs costs, as well as rising import costs caused by currency depreciation, will hit British competitiveness in the long term. And in the short term, perishables and medicines cannot withstand extended unplanned delays at borders.”

She also warned that due to lack of resources most smaller businesses, of which there are many in the New Forest, have taken “no action” to get ready.

Sir Desmond Swayne, who in 2018 described no-deal as a “minor inconvenience”, last week said losing tariff-free access to the EU would a “tragedy”. But the UK would get a better deal if it showed it was serious about leaving, he argued.

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