The Daily Express reports: "IT was the building from which Margaret Thatcher orchestrated her election triumphs. But last night it fell into the clutches of the Eurocrats." Moreover, it says "And to rub salt into Tory wounds Foreign Secretary William Hague hosted the re-opening of 32 Smith Square as the British headquarters for UK representatives of the EU Commission and European Parliament."

Bill Cash was quoted saying “I cannot think of any place less appropriate than the former Conservative headquarters, the praetorian guard of euro-realism, to be usurped physically by European institutions.”