Climate activists from Insulate Britain block a busy London roundabout at rush hour. The group was quickly surrounded by dozens of Metropolitan Police officers attempting to remove protesters who had superglued their hands to the tarmac.
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Climate activists from the Insulate Britain campaign group have gathered on the A501 at Old Street roundabout in London, gluing themselves to the tarmac and blocking traffic. Dozens of Metropolitan Police officers attended the scene on Friday morning. Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Insulate Britain is a group of activists who shot to prominence in August this year as an off-shoot from Extinction Rebellion.They have caused chaos on stretches of the M25 in September, repeatedly blocking sections of the motorway by running in front of oncoming traffic.They want the government to:Fully fund and take responsibility for the insulation of all social housing in Britain by 2025Produce - within four months - a legally binding national plan to pay for all homes in Britain to become low-energy and low-carbon by 2030 with a future aim of fully decarbonising society and the economy.The government has previously announced plans to phase out the installation of new gas boilers by the mid-2030s, moving to low-carbon or ‘hydrogen-ready’ ones. It has also pledged £3.8 billion in new funding for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, as part of a wider target to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Extinction Rebellion have become one of the most well-known environmental groups in the UK in recent years.Their stated aim is to cause “major disruptions” to encourage governments across the world to do more to deal with climate change.Often, this has taken the form of civil unrest in the UK’s major cities.Some of their most high-profile stunts include smashing glass windows at Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf in April, and at JP. Morgan in Embankment in September this year. They claim these particular banks have a “suicidal business model” which is “responsible for funding and accelerating the climate and ecological emergency.”In 2019, they also sprayed red paint over the Treasury in London.This summer, they announced another period of unrest and have so far launched significant protests in Oxford Circus and Covent Garden, building a 4m high pink table that was later dismantled after police issued a dispersal order.Watch the video above to find out who Extinction Rebellion are and what changes they want.
Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens has called for a return to mandatory face masks in enclosed spaces in England, a day after the government announced it would not be re-imposing Covid measures.
"We think we should be having mask wearing. We know that it works, it helps reduce infection levels, it's not a difficult thing to do for people," she said. Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Health Minister Edward Argar has dismissed comments by the British Medical Association's council chair Chand Nagpaul that the government's decision not to implement its Covid 'Plan B' was "wilfully negligent".
Mr Argar responded: "I would disagree with his choice of words and his approach on this one … the key here is less about that infection rate and more about that vaccine and booster." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Police in England and Wales have arrested nearly 1,500 suspected drug traffickers and seized almost 300 weapons - including zombie knives and crossbows - in a week-long crackdown on organised drug crime. Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has played down concerns that a new trade deal with New Zealand will compromise British lamb farmers.
Announcing the "very exciting" free trade agreement on Wednesday, she said: "I don't think any of our British farmers need to be worried by this trade deal, it affords opportunities in both directions for great sharing of produce." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Employing prisoners as HGV drivers could help solve the recent shortage in the industry, according to Justice Secretary Dominic Raab.
"It's good for our economy, its also good for our society," he said.
Dean, a serving inmate, added: "I need to get on with my life. I've wronged, now let me be right." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn