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Disabled protester on hunger strike outside Direct Line offices in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 09:47 28 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:38 28 September 2015

Former Direct Line protestor Malcolm Potts

Former Direct Line protestor Malcolm Potts

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A disabled protester is staging a hunger strike outside the Direct Line offices in Bromley - and says he will stay there until he dies.

A disabled protester is staging a hunger strike outside the Direct Line offices in Bromley - and says he will stay there until he dies.

Michael Power, 53, says he wants the company CEO to resign over his dispute with the firm, which has been going on for months.

The company says it has done absolutely nothing wrong - and that the financial ombudsman has already told Mr Power that he has no case.

In May Malcolm Potts, 48, from Buckinghamshire, went away £7,000 richer after travelling to the offices in Westmoreland Road to sort out his differences with the company.

Mr Power came down from his home in Rochdale two weeks ago to try to resolve the dispute, but was not successful.

He told the Bromley Times: “I don’t intend to eat anything. I am just going to sit here on my mobility scooter.

“I will stay here until I drop. I am not budging this time.

“I would rather be dead than lose justice.”

A Direct Line Group spokesperson said: ‘’After Mr Power had an accident last year, he made a claim and was fully compensated for the loss of his vehicle.

“He wanted to make a claim against the third party. We decided to settle on a 50/50 basis, as it became clear there was little chance of resolving the claim in his favour. DLG Legal Services were unable to act on behalf of Mr Power as a result.

“Mr Power was unhappy about that decision, and his complaint was referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service, who upheld our decision.”

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