John McDonnell backs Extinction Rebellion activists during trial

Shadow chancellor tells court protests led directly to MPs declaring climate emergencyThe trial of three activists from the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion has heard a statement in their support from the shadow chancellor,...

John McDonnell backs Extinction Rebellion activists during trial

Shadow chancellor tells court protests led directly to MPs declaring climate emergency

The trial of three activists from the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion has heard a statement in their support from the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who said that mass protests in central London in April led directly to MPs debating and declaring a formal climate and environment emergency.

McDonnell said he and others had been inspired by the action taken by Extinction Rebellion in April, when sections of central London were shut down for days, and that the Labour party’s policy programme had developed quickly and substantially as a result.

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