Liz Truss’ speech to Tory leadership interrupted by activists | Political news

Liz Truss was interrupted by activists as she attempted to deliver her opening speech during a Conservative Party election campaign in Eastbourne.

Green New Deal Rising protesters shouted ‘shame on you’ and ‘Green New Deal’ as they held signs inside the campaign venue.

“I think we have infiltrators and I will wait for them to be expelled”, Mrs Truss said interrupting his speech.

Conservative members in the audience could be heard chanting “out, out, out!”

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After five people were evicted by security personnel, she continued, “Can I just say a few words about the activists trying to disrupt our country and trying to disrupt our democratic process and trying to disrupt our essential services.

‘I would legislate immediately 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.’

The Foreign Secretary added: “And I will ensure that militant activists such as Extinction Rebellion are not able to disrupt ordinary people who work hard and do the right thing and get to work.

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

Ms Truss was then interrupted by a heckling protester for the second time.

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

Green New Deal Rising describes itself as a movement of young people aged 16 to 35 disrupting politicians to protest the climate and economic crisis and demand a Green New Deal – a 10-year plan to create millions of good green jobs and restructure the economy.

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

“We are angry young people who have watched these hustings and are tired of candidates avoiding the real crisis and the only answer they give is tax breaks to their wealthy friends and people like BP and Shell while the rest of us are urged to tighten our belts,” she said.

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

She added that Ms Truss had ‘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 Ms Truss during her opening speech in protest at the rising cost of energy bills and the climate crisis.

The group said it was acting in a week when energy companies BP, Shell and Centrica reported record profits.

Elsewhere in the hustings, another leadership contestant Rishi Sunak said that unless inflation is brought under control, the Conservatives “can say goodbye to winning the next election”.

“If we don’t get this thing under control and we don’t get it under control quickly, then we can say goodbye to winning the next election,” he told the Eastbourne audience.

“So the first thing to put us in a position to win is to get through inflation and get through it fast and not make it worse.”

The former Chancellor also claimed corporation tax was not the “right tax to focus on”.

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