Tory is at­tacked on voter’s doorstep

Daily Express - - News - By Paul Jeeves

A PROSPEC­TIVE Tory MP has vowed to “con­tinue” cam­paign­ing de­spite be­ing the vic­tim of what he claims was a ver­bal and phys­i­cal as­sault while out can­vass­ing.

Matt Vick­ers was knock­ing on doors in In­gleby Bar­wick near Stock­ton when a mem­ber of the pub­lic “screamed and shouted” a stream of ob­scen­i­ties be­fore grab­bing hold of him and pre­vent­ing him from leav­ing.

He is in a tight bat­tle for Stock­ton South in the North-east, at­tempt­ing to over­turn a slen­der 888 Labour ma­jor­ity held by Paul Wil­liams in a seat also heav­ily tar­geted by the Brexit Party.

Mr Vick­ers, who has now re­ported the mat­ter to Cleveland Po­lice, said he “agreed to dis­agree” with the per­pe­tra­tor when the in­ci­dent turned phys­i­cal.

He in­sisted “vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion” on any can­di­date had no place in pol­i­tics and con­demned the al­leged in­ci­dent as an “at­tack on democ­racy”. He added: “I to­tally con­demn this type of be­hav­iour, and will not let it de­ter me as we ap­proach the fi­nal straight of the elec­tion cam­paign.”

Tight fight…Matt Vick­ers

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