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Thanks for your posts, however I eventially found the problem, the door latch mechanism had fallen apart!
I was stumped after trying everything. I took the plunge and stripped down the other rear door so I could understand how the latch worked, and after studying the good latch and comparing it to what I could see of stuck latch I realised that the latch housing had popped open slightly, causing the internals to fall out, eeeek.
From the good latch I found the last leaver in the mechanism that I could pull to pop the latch, and this was accessable through the hole in the door where the bump rubber is located, great.
But because the broken latch door was closed I couldn't get to the bump rubber or the hole so my only option was to drill through the car body (around a rear passengers shoulder area) first to get to the bump rubber, then pull the rubber out of the way, and then get a wire with a hooked end in through the holes and hopefully get the correct leaver and pull....
I tell you, when that latch popped, it was better than sex.......!
When I got the door open and took out the busted latch mechanism I managed to repare it, and secure it so the same thing wouldn't happen again. I also realised why it had failed. Shortly after buying the car I noticed that one of the three screws securing the latch into the door was missing. I found a replacement countersunk screw but it was slightly longer than the others. I fitted the screw, checked it was Ok and it seemed to be but I guess it wasn't as one day the screw stopped the mechanism from working properly and that is what caused the mechanism to split open.
Anyway I put it all back together (after shortening the replacement screw) and had the perfect sized black grommet to fill the hole in the body (car is black so you can hardly notice it), and everything was sorted.