Portillo constituency in row over McDonalds

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Tory voters in Michael Portillo's London constituency are threatening to abandon their support for the Secretary of State for Defence at the next election if he fails to support them in a planning dispute with his local party. Enfield Southgate Conservative Association wants to sell the building that contains its headquarters to burger chain McDonald's for a rumoured pounds 325,000.

But thousands of residents oppose the take-away and are seeking their MP's support. Mr Portillo has to tread carefully to avoid upsetting his local party association and the 2,000 objectors to the restaurant.