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The Tory representative said: “My office inWellingborough had ‘Tory sleaze’ plastered all over it in paint. Obviously, that’s very worrying for the staff.” Mr Bone said it was “just another example of people thinking it is OK to attack either the individual or the property over a decision in Parliament”, adding: “I’m elected to use my judgment to decide on issues.”

The MP said: “It seemed to me the amendment was the better way forward so I voted for it. Then somebody who disagrees with that decides they can attack my office and terrify my staff.

“When we get to the situation where property can be vandalised and people can be threatened, then there is something gone very wrong with our democracy. Of course, these thugs who attacked my property, and we don’t know who they are, they don’t put an alternative case and argue for that to be put forward or even stand against me for the seat of Wellingborough. They just use violence and intimidation.

“Well, I can tell them flat that violence and intimidation is not going to change the way I vote on issues. It is just totally unacceptable.”

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