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Greenpeace protesters managed to storm Liz Truss’ first Tory conference speech as party leader with the flag ‘who voted for this?’
Campaign group head of public affairs Rebecca Newsom and policy officer Ami McCarthy unveiled the banner midway through the prime minister’s speech in Birmingham, with Ms McCarthy yelling ‘who voted for fracking’.
From the podium, Mrs. Truss could be heard saying to security, “Let’s remove them,” as cheers erupted from the crowd.
After about 30 seconds, guards took the couple out of the conference room, with one seen grabbing Mrs. McCarthy’s cord.
The prime minister then received a standing ovation when she joked that the protesters were part of the ‘anti-growth coalition’.
Ms Truss lifted a moratorium on fracking under Boris Johnson and supported new oil and gas exploration in the North Sea – much to the anger of green activists.
Campaign group head of public affairs Rebecca Newsom (left) and policy officer Ami McCarthy unveiled the banner midway through the Prime Minister’s speech in Birmingham
Ms McCarthy yelled ‘who voted for fracking’ as a security guard tried to pull her banner away
From the stage, Mrs. Truss could be heard telling security ‘Let’s remove them’ as cheers erupted from the crowd
In a press release today, Greenpeace accused Ms Truss of “shredding” her party’s 2019 promises on nature and the environment.
The group cited a recent YouGov survey that found that 81 percent of British adults believe wildlife is under threat.
Rebecca Newsom, Greenpeace UK’s head of public affairs, said: ‘Who voted for this? In a healthy democracy, people should get the government program they voted for, but Liz Truss throws most of it through the shredder.
People voted for strong action on climate, a fracking moratorium, leading environmental protections and tackling poverty and inequality.
“What they get instead is fracking, a potential bonfire of wildlife and conservation regulations, and now the prospect of benefits.”
Earlier this week, Jacob Rees-Mogg rejected the idea of local referendums to gauge support for fracking to continue, as the Energy Secretary backed drilling in his yard.
The minister said he would be “happy” with the start of shale gas extraction at his Somerset estate, despite critics’ concerns about earthquakes.
Mrs Truss has angered some Conservative MPs and broken a promise of the Tory Manifesto by lifting the moratorium put in place in England to prevent tremors.
The prime minister has vowed to only approve fracking in areas where it is supported by surrounding communities, but has so far not given any details.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who is also the Secretary of State for Affairs, rejected the idea of referendums to approve drilling and onshore wind farms, another controversial topic among conservatives.
Speaking at the Tory conference, he said companies can “go door to door, like politicians do in elections” to gauge support.
“Then they should go to a recognizable community and if they get 50% plus one for it, they should be able to do their thing,” he told a Telegraph event.
‘It’s still early, early discussions about how it could be. I don’t think local referendums are necessarily the right idea, turnout at local referendums can be very low, so how much real validity would that give you to vote in favor of voting.’
After about 30 seconds, guards bundled the couple from the conference hall
One of the security guards grabbed Mrs McCarthy’s cord (circled in red)
Ms Truss lifted moratorium on fracking under Boris Johnson and backed new North Sea oil and gas exploration – angering green activists
To win the favor of residents, he said compensation should be paid to those disrupted by construction work and then royalties to the community.
“I think people who are disturbed by the construction work should be compensated for that and that should be a payment to them,” he said.
“And then you should have a royalty for people where the shale gas comes from.”
Mr Rees-Mogg, whose residence is 17th-century Gournay Court in the parish of West Harptree, was enthusiastic about welcoming fracking to his land.
‘Yes, of course I would. I would be very happy, especially if I get these royalties,” he said.
Mr Rees-Mogg said it is “the Socialists” and Green MP Caroline Lucas who are against fracking, adding: “That makes my heart bleed.”
Today Ms Truss shook off the protests and vowed to create a ‘new era’ for Britain.
After a meeting in Birmingham, ravaged by divisions over tax rates and benefits, the prime minister said she is determined to see the country through the ‘storm’ of the global economic crisis after Covid and the war in Ukraine.
Ms. Truss pointed to her bailout for her utility bills and tax cuts since she entered No10, insisting, “I refused to let our great country decay.”
In a press release today, Greenpeace accused Ms Truss of “shredding” her party’s 2019 promises on nature and the environment
She said she had three priorities for the economy: “growth, growth and growth.” “Growth means more money in people’s pockets,” she said.
In a very personal call, she said she’s “fought” to be where she is — talking about how she went to high school and was once awarded a junior hostess badge while her brothers received a junior pilot badge.
After walking on stage to M People’s Moving on Up and being watched by husband Hugh, Mrs. Truss had only been talking for a few minutes when protests erupted in the hall.
Ms. Truss delivered a heartfelt Tory message, saying she “loved business and entrepreneurship.” “I’m not going to tell you what to do or what to think or how to live your life,” she said.
‘I don’t care how many two-for-one deals you buy in the supermarket, how you spend your free time or in virtue signaling.
‘It’s not just about talking about things for me, it’s about actually doing things.’
She added: “What I’m interested in is the hope and fear you feel every day. Can you get a good job locally? Is it safe to walk the main street late at night? Can you get a doctor’s appointment?
“I know how you feel because I have the same hopes and fears. I want what you want.’
She continued, “I believe you know best how to spend your own money…that’s what conservatism is about.”
Rebecca Newsom, Greenpeace UK’s head of public affairs, said: ‘Who voted for this? In a healthy democracy people should get the government program they voted for, but Liz Truss throws most of it through the shredder.”
Ms Truss received a standing ovation after protesters were removed from the venue