Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Vince Cable jeered at Portsmouth ferry terminal opening

Vince Cable
Image caption Vince Cable attended the opening ceremony at Portsmouth International Port

Business Secretary Vince Cable was jeered by protesters as he arrived to open a new international passenger terminal at Portsmouth port.

Between 20 and 30 people were demonstrating against government cuts.

The new building is part of a £16.5m investment in new passenger facilities at the Hampshire port.

Mr Cable said the 2,700sq m (29,000sq ft) terminal was "a great success story and a symbol of what Portsmouth is trying to achieve".

One of the protesters, Jon Woods of the Unison union, said: "We don't think government ministers should be allowed to go around the country without being told people are suffering in a major way."

Image caption Protesters were opposed to government spending cuts

Referring to the protests, Mr Cable said: "You accept that what the government is doing is controversial but I believe very deeply the country needs a strong government and parties working together."

The terminal opened to passengers last month, replacing a building from the 1970s.

Made of glass and steel, the light and spacious terminal is claimed to be one of the most environmentally-friendly public buildings in the UK.

More than two million people a year are expected to use the city council-owned terminal.

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