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Chief executive Bob Goldfield told the Daily Mail: "The time is right for the voluntary privatisation of Dover. We want to invest around £400 million on a second terminal, but are unable to because of public sector borrowing constraints. We want to throw off the shackles."
But the proposals have already come under fire. Prospective Tory MP for the town Charles Elphicke, said: "It's clear Gordon Brown has no sense of history of our nation or the pride of our town. How dare he consider selling it all off to the French? Dover is the English border. The people of Dover have a clear message for him – hands off our port, hands off the English border."
And even Dover's Labour MP, Gwyn Prosser, was concerned about the suggestion, since the port's workforce has already shrunk by 60 per cent over the past eight years, and said: "This is a strategic asset and we must be careful about the import of foreign capital."
Would you welcome the sale of one of Britain's most famous landmarks if it helps to battle the national debt?