Boris Johnson vowed today that the environmental enthusiast who blocked Britain’s roads would be jailed in renewed crackdown on his disruptive protests.
The prime minister warned activists who repeatedly cause traffic chaos, he is giving them new powers “to save them from the comfort of prison where they are”.
In his keynote address at the Conservative convention in Manchester today, he stressed that the Tories are determined to end the chaos.
He roared: “Those people sticking to themselves in the streets, I don’t call them legitimate protesters like some Labor councillors.
“Some labor counselors really stick themselves to the streets
“I say they are a confused nuisance blocking ambulances, preventing people from going about their daily lives
“And I am glad that Preeti is taking new powers to save them comfortably in the prison where they belong.”
Theresa Norton, a Labor councilor in Scarborough, was arrested four times in eight days for participating in the protests.
She is the mother of Insulate Britain’s leader Liam Norton.
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Priti Patel announced a new crackdown on activists this week as pressure mounts on them to end the massacre.
The police would be empowered to repeatedly arrest climate protesters before sticking themselves in the tarmac.
The home secretary vowed to stop the “misery and disruption” caused by motorway eco enthusiasts who are “trampling our way of life”.
She is tightening stop-and-search rules to prevent people suspected of carrying heavy-duty locks or industrial-strength glue near motorways, airports and seaports.
Protesters can now face up to six months in jail or an unlimited fine by a magistrate immediately upon arrest.
‘Esbos for crusties’
Mrs Patel said: “It is because of our commitment to putting the needs of the industrious, often silent, majority first, that I will not tolerate so-called ecological warriors, trampling our way of life and draining police resources.
“His actions in recent weeks have amounted to some of the most self-defeating ‘environmental’ protests this country has ever seen.
“Freedom to protest is a fundamental right which our party will always fight to uphold. But it must be within the law.”
A Tory source dubbed the Powers “ASBO for Krusties”.
A new offense of “interference in critical infrastructure” would be created under historical powers.
Mrs Patel said this would mean that police could deal with “a small minority of criminals intent on traveling across the country, causing disruption and misery in our communities”.
It came as Insulet Britain founder and 55-year-old mastermind Roger Hallam insisted he would stop an ambulance carrying a dying man.
He told the Unbreak the Planet podcast: “I’ll be there. Yes.”
Meanwhile anger erupted as Insulate Britain blocked major roads to London on the 11th day of action.
A tearful daughter running to her 81-year-old mother at the hospital begged protesters to let her pass through the Blackwall Tunnel. But he refused.
At Wandsworth Bridge, drivers took the law into their own hands and pulled protesters off the road to make way for an ambulance.
Hangar Lane in West London was also closed. By noon 38 people were arrested.