Javid demands police use ‘full force of the law’ on climate change roadblocks

‘The home secretary urged the police to use the “full force of the law” after footage emerged of two officers dancing to music at an illegal roadblock at Oxford Circus and of another using a skateboard on Waterloo Bridge. Activists, who are plotting to escalate their activities today by targeting Heathrow airport on one of the busiest days of the year, have bragged that police do not have the resources to stop them, saying: “The hollowed-out British state is overwhelmed.” Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, a former Metropolitan Police commissioner, also criticised the handling of the protests, warning that violent crime was likely to increase over Easter weekend. In the first two days of protests the Extinction Rebellion action affected 500,000 commuters, and retailers in the West End lost £12 million.’ – The Times

  • The protesters’ strategy is to clog up the criminal justice system – The Times
  • And now they want to disrupt Heathrow – Daily Mail
  • Authorities struggle to get a grip – FT
  • Khan blames cuts… – The Sun
  • …while almost doubling his culture budget – The Sun
  • Emma Thompson flies in from LA to join the climate change protest – The Times
  • Protest founder challenged over her privilege – Daily Mail
  • The Met bid to double the number of Special Constables – Daily Telegraph

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The Conservatives re-select two MEPs who are campaigning against Brexit

‘Two MEPs campaigning for a second referendum have been re-selected as candidates for the Conservative Party. Sajjad Karim, a former Liberal Democrat who has described Brexit as ‘madness’, will be top of the party’s candidates list in the North West of England. While Charles Tannock, who co-founded the Conservatives for a People’s Vote campaign, will be on the ballot paper in London. The pair have been re-selected by the party ahead of next month’s European Parliament elections despite their calls for Brexit to be cancelled. Dr Karim, who has been an MEP since 2004, said last December: ‘The only way to stop this madness in its tracks is a Parliamentary process leading to a People’s Vote. We want to be leading in our continent ideally through the European Union and projecting ourselves to the globe and winning, not falling down with a whimper.” – Daily Mail



Downing Street angers MPs by planning for a new Queen’s Speech

‘Whitehall departments were told last week that the prime minister would “actively consider” proposals for the speech — which outlines the government’s legislative plans at the beginning of a new session of parliament — after the Easter recess ends on Tuesday. No 10 is understood to be preparing a light programme of less controversial measures including action to improve the environment and pensions. Any attempt by Mrs May to open a new session of parliament will enrage Tory MPs pressing for her removal, however. It will also require the co-operation of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and a renewal of the Conservatives’ confidence and supply arrangement… Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader now demanding that Mrs May set a timetable for her departure, urged her not to seek to present a new legislative programme. He said it was “inconceivable” that the next session of parliament could start until the Brexit issue was resolved. He said that Mrs May should introduce any urgent bills in the current session. “The nature of the Queen’s Speech is that it has the character of the prime minister written through it. Without the prime minister’s authority it is just a wish list of things that probably won’t happen,” he said.’ – The Times

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