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Insulate Britain suspend protests to demand PM makes ‘meaningful statement’ on tackling carbon emissions

INSULATE BRITAIN announced the suspension of their road-blocking protests today in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to make a “meaningful statement we can trust” on tackling carbon emissions.

The climate and fuel poverty action group said that it would pause its campaign of civil resistance until October 25.

In a letter to Mr Johnson, the group wrote: “Insulate Britain would like to take this opportunity to profoundly acknowledge the disruption caused over the past five weeks.

“We cannot imagine undertaking such acts in normal circumstances. But the dire reality of our situation has to be faced.

“We invite you to make a meaningful statement that we can trust … that your government will take the lead needed to insulate and retrofit our homes.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the group should call off its “reckless” campaign permanently.

Insulate Britain wants the government to insulate all homes across Britain by 2030 to cut carbon emissions.

Its activists has blocked traffic on 14 days over the past five weeks, with protesters often glueing their hands to the road to increase the length of time it takes for police to remove them. Hundreds of arrests have been made.

Insulate Britain has repeatedly defied an injunction, obtained by the government last month, barring the group from taking action on the M25.

Protester Biff Whipster said that he had resigned himself to the possibility of being thrown in prison.

He said: “I can’t not make the voices of the 8,000 people that are dying from fuel poverty heard and children that are going to die from CO2 emissions and the people currently in meaningless work that really could have proper jobs insulating homes.”


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