Liz Truss hampered by climate activists at Conservative hustings | Conservative management

Written by Javed Iqbal

Climate activists most recently disrupted Liz Truss’ appearance Conservative management hustings to highlight what they claimed was her failure to address the global warming crisis.

During Truss’ opening address at the Winter Garden theater in Eastbourne, several activists from the youth group Green New Deal Rising stood to challenge Truss about the government’s record and her policies.

Fatima Ibrahim could be heard shouting “Liz Truss, you should be ashamed”. Another activist then stood as Fatima was removed from the event, saying Truss had “no credible plan to tackle the biggest energy crisis … what you have announced will not help people with energy bills of over £3,000 on the year”. Three more activists were also seen protesting, and later in the event, another protester was escorted out after interrupting proceedings.

BREAKING: Tonight we confronted @trussliz at the Tory leadership hustings about her shameful role in the cost of living crisis.

Millions will face huge energy bills this winter while her government supports climate destroyers like BP & Shell making BILLIONS.

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— Green New Deal Rising (@GNDRising) August 5, 2022

Truss interrupted her speech to promise an immediate crackdown on militant protesters if she becomes prime minister. The crowd, mostly made up of Conservative members and supporters, booed the activists and chanted “out, out, out” as they were led away.

Truss first paused his speech. She then said: “I would legislate now to make sure we stand up to militant unions that prevent ordinary commuters from getting to work. And I would legislate to protect our essential services. And will make sure that militant activists like Extinction Rebellion are unable to disrupt ordinary people who work hard, do the right thing and go to work.”

Truss added: “I will never, ever allow our democracy to be disrupted by unjust protests.”

In a statement about the protest, Ibrahim said: “Liz Truss is leading in the polls and is likely to be the next Prime Minister, but she has nothing credible to say in response to the cost of living crisis and the climate crisis.

“Britain has just experienced record heat waves and energy giants are raking in billions in profits while people are pushed further into poverty every day, prices rise and wages stagnate.

“As young people scared for our future, we desperately need a Green New Deal and political leadership to meet this moment of crisis rather than this sideshow.”

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