Liz Truss’s Tory leadership speech interrupted by activists | Politics news

Written by Javed Iqbal

Liz Truss was interrupted by activists as she tried to make her opening speech at a Conservative party hustings in Eastbourne.

The Green New Deal Rising protesters chanted “shame on you” and “Green New Deal” as they held placards inside the hustings chamber.

“I think we have some infiltrators and I will wait until they are thrown out,” said Mrs. Truss, pausing her speech.

Tory members in the audience could be heard shouting “out, out, out!”

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After five people were removed by security personnel, she continued: “May I just say a few words about the militant people who are trying to disrupt our country, who are trying to disrupt our democratic process and trying to disrupt our essential services.

“I would legislate now to make sure we stand up to militant unions who stop ordinary commuters from getting to work. And I would legislate to protect our essential services.”

The Secretary of State added: “And I want to make sure that militant activists like Extinction Rebellion are not able to disrupt ordinary people who work hard and do the right thing and go to work.

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

Later in the Houses, Mrs Truss was interrupted by a rowdy protester for the second time.

“Can I just say that I take it as a compliment that I’m so popular with Extinction Rebellion,” the Foreign Secretary said.

Green New Deal Rising describes itself as a movement of 16-35 year olds disrupting politicians to protest the climate and economic crisis and demand a Green New Deal – a ten-year plan to create millions of good green jobs and restructure the economy.

Speaking to Sky News, one of the protesters who was thrown out, Fatima Ibrahim, said those in the room were “angry”.

“We are angry young people who have seen these hustings and are fed up with candidates who avoid the real crisis and the only answer they give is tax cuts for their rich buddies and people like BP and Shell, while the rest of we’re being asked to fasten our seat belts,” she said.

“As a movement, we will challenge whoever becomes prime minister.”

She added that Mrs Truss has “no credible plan” to deal with the energy crisis.

A press release issued by Green New Deal said the five activists stood up and interrupted Mrs Truss during her opening remarks to protest against rising energy bills and the climate crisis.

The group said it is trading in a week when energy companies BP, Shell and Centrica announced record profits and when UK household energy bills are soaring.

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