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Climate protester on hunger strike for 32 days facing permanent injury and death, doctors warn

A CLIMATE protester on hunger strike in London is facing permanent injury and death after not eating for 32 days to press his demand for MPs to be educated about the environmental emergency, doctors warned today.

Angus Rose, a 52-year-old software engineer, wants MPs to receive briefings on climate change and ways to arrest the process.

He has lost 18 per cent of his body weight while on hunger strike outside Parliament.

Medical professionals have warned that he is now passing health “tipping points,” beyond which he could suffer permanent damage and even imminent death.

His request has been refused by Business, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Greg Hands, despite 79 eminent scientists writing to him pleading for compliance.

Sir Patrick Vallance, scientific adviser to the government during the Covid-19 pandemic, has said that he is prepared to give MPs the briefing.

Mr Hands has reportedly written to Mr Rose asking him to end his hunger strike for the sake of his health and “those who care about you, which includes me.”

Mr Rose describes himself as “Uncle on hunger strike” and says he is taking the action “for the future of five nephews and niece and the world they will inherit if we don’t stop climate change.”

Ian, a friend of Mr Rose and a teacher from London, said: “It’s absolutely terrifying. 

"Angus has lost so much weight, is really weak, becoming confused and I’m dreading what the next few days will bring.

“We’ve been hoping that Angus will agree to stop, but he is determined.

“I hope the briefing can be arranged while Angus is still with us and able to hear it.”

Former chief scientific officer Sir David King said that it was “astonishing” that the government had not organised a briefing on climate change for MPs.

Mr Rose’s protest is in part modelled on Swiss father-of-three Guillermo Fernandez’s “Papa on Hunger Strike” action in 2021, which ended when the Swiss parliament agreed to a similar briefing from climate scientists.

A petition to Parliament launched by Mr Rose in support of his demand has been signed by more than 15,000 people.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy was invited to comment.


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