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Watch: protestors disrupt Starmer speech


Hold a major sporting, political or national event these days and chances are you’re going to be disrupted by a gaggle of greenies. Today’s unlucky victim was Sir Keir Starmer, giving the latest of his much-hyped ‘five missions’ speeches. As the London lawyer droned away, a pair of eco-zealots unfurled a flag behind him, protesting Labour’s decision to U-turn on the £28 billion Green New Deal.

The activists were from ‘Green New Deal Rising’, the latest Peoples’-Front-of-Judea style offshoot from the Extinction Rebellion and the other great unwashed types. One indignant protestor declared: ‘Young people want action, we need a green new deal right now’ to which Sir Keir coolly retorted: ‘Will you just let me finish this and then come and talk to you about it.’ The pair were then unceremoniously ejected from the stage.

Perhaps Labour will rethink their objections to the Public Order Act, given that they’re now becoming the victim of such green grandstanding…

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