Sadiq Khan blasts Insulate Britain protesters for blocking roads

Sadiq Khan blasts Insulate Britain protesters as he says the group’s disruptive action on key roads is ‘putting people off’ tackling climate change

  • Sadiq Khan said he does not support disruptive protests of Insulate Britain group
  • Mr Khan said he ‘definitely’ supports issue but blasted decision to block roads 
  • Labour mayor said the disruption is ‘putting people off’ tackling climate change

Sadiq Khan today slammed Insulate Britain protesters for blocking key roads as he accused them of ‘putting people off’ tackling climate change. 

The Mayor of London said he ‘definitely’ supports the issue the group is campaigning on but he does not ‘support the way they have been protesting’. 

Mr Khan expressed concerns that the protests could actually damage public opinion on the issue as the nation prepares to host the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow next month.    

His intervention comes after Boris Johnson labelled protesters who have blocked major UK roads as ‘irresponsible crusties’ as the Government unveiled new powers to stop the chaos. 

Sadiq Khan today slammed Insulate Britain protesters for blocking key roads as he accused them of ‘putting people off’ tackling climate change

The Mayor of London said he ‘definitely’ supports the issue the group is campaigning on but he does not ‘support the way they have been protesting’

The Insulate Britain group is campaigning to improve the quality of the nation’s homes in order to hit vital climate change targets.  

But the group’s decision to block roads including the M25 and the M4 has prompted outcry.

Mr Khan was asked during an interview on LBC Radio this morning if he believes the protests are here to stay. 

He replied: ‘I hope they will raise the really important issues they are raising in a different way. I don’t support the way they have been protesting.’

Asked if he supported the tactics at the start, the Labour mayor said: ‘The issue I definitely support. We have to do a better job in insulating our homes because it helps with not just reducing carbon emissions, it reduces people’s bills and it helps create jobs.’

He added: ‘I support the right to protest, I think they should be lawful, peaceful and safe.

‘I don’t support the way these protesters are going about their business, not just because of the disruption, not just because of the appointments being delayed and sometimes cancelled, but actually I think it is putting people off what is an important issue in the weeks before COP26.’

The Insulate Britain group is campaigning to improve the quality of the nation’s homes in order to hit vital climate change targets. But the group’s decision to block roads including the M25 and the M4 has prompted outcry

The COP26 summit will see world leaders meet in Scotland to hammer out plans to tackle climate change in what has been billed as a potential crossroads for the future of the planet. 

A court injunction was taken out to prevent the blockade of the M25, but demonstrations continued on roads across London at the start of this week. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel unveiled plans at Conservative Party conference in Manchester to increase the maximum penalties for disrupting a motorway while also criminalising interference with major roads, railways and the press. 

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