Portsmouth’s multi-million pound port terminal officially opened by Vince Cable

Business secretary Vince Cable visiting Portsmouth International Ferry Port with Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock last year.    ''Picture: Steve Reid
Business secretary Vince Cable visiting Portsmouth International Ferry Port with Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock last year. ''Picture: Steve Reid
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BUSINESSS secretary Vince Cable faced protesters this morning as he arrived at Portsmouth International Port to officially open the new terminal.

They were outside the terminal, built as part of a £16.5m redevelopment of the port, to protest against Government cuts in the public sector.

And whilst the business secretary walked into the building past them, he left via a side door at the end of the opening ceremony to avoid them.

But he told The News: ‘I frequently encounter them, and in fact I drove down from Sheffield last night where I was on Question Time and I had a pretty good grilling from them.

‘The people here like to focus on the negatives, and what they should do is look at how well Portsmouth is doing and think of the positives.

‘This terminal is absolutely brilliant, a great building. Portsmouth is a really exciting city.

‘It’s very clear that Portsmouth is on the up. It’s now got a cluster of very successful companies, high tech companies, and we want to see more of that.’