(Old news) - 'A junior minister had to be given police protection after being confronted by angry protesters over Coalition plans to privatise publicly-owned forests. '
Mark Harper, the Conservative MP for The Forest of Dean, was attacked by protesters as he exited a public meeting where he had been defending the Government's plans for a forestry sell-off.
He was pelted with eggs by protesters who also attacked the police van to try to prevent him leaving.
Via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Harper -
Harper defended the proposals, describing them as an "exciting opportunity for community ownership." However, they were widely criticised by many residents within his constituency and by politicians with connections to the Forest of Dean, most notably Baroness Jan Royall, Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. She described Harper as 'fundamentally wrong' and his views on the subject as 'utter nonsense'.
Following a public meeting after which Harper had to be rescued by police and a sustained national campaign which included the newly formed local Forest of Dean pressure group Hands off our Forest, the government announced it had abandoned its plans and would remove the forestry clauses from the Public Bodies Bill.
Unfortunately I can't really see Mark Harper as anything other than the hapless Frank Spencer of British politics, albeit without Spencer's good heart.
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