Hi Deano75, welcome to the forum - we've just been talking on eBay (AMc2012). I don't come here all that often but there is some good information.
If you check out the interior and ICE faq here it walks you through some of the common teardown tasks in the interior. I used the door instructions to get at the cabling to the inside handles when an over enthusiastic passenger pulled hard instead of pulling twice. MINI Cooper Forum - MINI2 Mini Cooper Forums - FAQ & DIY: Interior and In Car Entertainment
There is a good picture walkthrough of the glovebox too which I think you'll find interesting. It looks like there may be a few more T20 torx than I recall but it is still a simple job.
I've not had to remove the twigs on either of ours but I'm sure you'll get some idea from the links above. I think I'd probably disconnect the battery (after checking radio codes etc.) as the MINI can be a bit tempremental about changes to the wiring loom while live (see the airbag petition thread).