Climate activists interrupted Liz Truss’ appearance in the latest Tory leadership roundups to highlight what they claimed was her failure to tackle the global heating crisis.
During Truss’ opening remarks at the Winter Garden Theater in Eastbourne, several activists from the Green New Deal Rising youth group stood up to heckle Truss about the government’s record and its policies.
Fatima Ibrahim could be heard shouting “Liz Truss, you should be ashamed of yourself”. Another activist then stood up as Fatima was removed from the event, saying Truss had “no credible plan to deal with the biggest energy crisis…what you’ve announced won’t help the people.” people with energy bills over £3,000 a year”. Three other activists were also seen demonstrating, and later in the event another protester was escorted away after breaking proceedings.
Truss interrupted her speech to promise an immediate crackdown on militant protesters if she becomes prime minister. The audience, mostly Conservative members and supporters, booed the activists and shouted “out, out, out” as they were led away.
Truss first interrupted his speech. She then said: ‘I would legislate immediately to make sure we stand up to militant unions, who are keeping ordinary commuters out of work. And I would legislate to protect our essential services. And will ensure that militant activists such as Extinction Rebellion are not able to disrupt ordinary people who work hard, do the right thing and get to work.
Truss added: “I will never, ever allow our democracy to be disrupted by unjust protests.”
In a statement on the protest, Ibrahim said: “Liz Truss is leading in the polls and likely to become the next Prime Minister, but she has nothing credible to say in response to the cost of living crisis. and the climate crisis.
“The UK has just had record heat waves and energy giants are raking in billions in profits while every day people are pushed deeper into poverty as prices soar and wages stagnate. .
“As young people who fear for our future, we desperately need a green new deal and political leadership to address this moment of crisis rather than this sideshow.”