The government will “stop at nothing” to prevent climate protests like this month’s Just Stop Oil demonstrations, transport secretary Grant Shapps has said.
Shapps added that it was “a great pity” some MPs had previously voted against stricter measures to tackle protests under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSC), which was eventually voted through on Tuesday night.
The transport secretary’s comments were made during an appearance at the parliamentary transport select committee on Wednesday, where the minister was questioned about a number of departmental issues including passport delays, the P&O scandal and fuel supply.
For the past few weeks, protesters from Just Stop Oil have staged demonstrations at oil terminals across the country.
Protesters have taken drastic measures during protests, including chaining or glueing themselves to infrastructure in order to disrupt oil supplies. The group says it wants the government to halt new oil and gas projects.
Some councils, including Essex County Council and Thurrock Council, have been granted injunctions by the High Court to prevent protests from taking place.