Extinction Rebellion protesters glue themselves to Tory battle bus dressed as bees

10 December 2019, 16:56 | Updated: 10 December 2019, 18:15

The protesters glued themselves to the Conservative campaign bus in Staffordshire
The protesters glued themselves to the Conservative campaign bus in Staffordshire. Picture: Josh Giltrap

By Megan White

Extinction Rebellion protesters have glued themselves to the front of the Conservative campaign bus while dressed as bees.

The environmental activists brought the bus to a halt outside the JCB factory in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, before several of the group appeared to stick their hands to the front of the vehicle.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not thought to be onboard the “battle bus.”

The activism group said three of their members had glued themselves to the bus, while another five blocked the road.

Police attended the scene as three protesters remained in front of the bus.

One activist, who identified himself as James, said: "We're from Extinction Rebellion.

"The Conservatives have failed for the duration of the entire general election campaign, with only two days to go, to raise the prospect of the climate and ecological crisis which is facing humanity and all life on this planet.

Three of the eight protesters glued themselves to the bus
Three of the eight protesters glued themselves to the bus. Picture: Extinction Rebellion

"It's going to severely impact our society and generations of British people to come and people around the planet.

"The Conservatives have a decarbonisation target of 2050, which is quite frankly a death sentence for everybody."

James Moulding of Extinction Rebellion’s Political Circle, said in a statement: “So far during the General Election campaign, the current Conservative government has refused to engage in the climate debate.

"There is an evident theme taking place, with the Prime Minister repeatedly avoiding difficult conversations around this issue.

"We cannot allow the current governing party to continue to ignore the most pressing crisis of our time.”

The stunt comes less than a week after a campaigner glued himself to the Liberal Democrats’ bus while it parked outside a youth centre in Streatham.

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