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Greenpeace campaigners erect 12-foot oil-splashed statue of Boris Johnson in Downing Street

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Greenpeace campaigners have erected a 12-foot oil-spattered statue of Boris Johnson in Downing Street as a protest against a new oil field.

Activists chained themselves to the statue, which has been installed while the prime minister enjoys a holiday in Marbella with wife Carrie.

The protesters led a protest of about 40 people, with 16 trapped on barrels and the fake image of the prime minister, while others held banners reading “Boris: Stop Cambo”.

The group called on the government to end the UK’s reliance on oil and urge Mr Johnson not to sign a new drilling permit in the Cambo oil field, west of Shetland.

There had been at least three arrests during the protest, with more expected as protesters continue to be cut from their chains by police.

The 90kg statue, created by artist Hugo Farmer, is accompanied by a sign that reads, “Cambo oilfield: Boris Johnson’s monumental climate failure”, and Mr Johnson’s hands are completely covered in black oil.

Greenpeace says it is protesting the pending approval of the new oil field at Cambo, off the coast of the Shetland Islands.

A plaque on the statue reads: ‘Cambo oilfield: Boris Johnson’s monumental climate failure’.

The government appears to be moving forward with the plans, which, if approved, according to campaign group Stop Cambo, would make the site produce 170 million barrels of oil and generate emissions equivalent to the annual carbon pollution from 18 coal-fired power plants.

Police officers stand guard as Greenpeace activists hold a sit-in after installing an oil-stained statue of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

A plaque on the statue reads: 'Cambo oilfield: Boris Johnson's monumental climate failure'

A plaque on the statue reads: ‘Cambo oilfield: Boris Johnson’s monumental climate failure’

Greenpeace says it is protesting the pending approval of the new oil field at Cambo, off the coast of the Shetland Islands

Greenpeace says it is protesting the pending approval of the new oil field at Cambo, off the coast of the Shetland Islands

The oil field, which will emit more than three million tons of carbon over its lifetime, could be in operation until 2050 – by which time Britain has vowed to be net carbon neutral.

Philip Evans, oil campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: ‘People in the UK are feeling the stress of a gas price crisis and a climate crisis, and the government recognizes that our reliance on fossil fuels has left the UK vulnerable and vulnerable. People are rightly angry and upset.

“Johnson’s failure to act has left us with gasoline rows, bankrupt energy companies, offshore workers out of work for months and an ever-deepening climate crisis.

Johnson must stop Cambo and instead prioritize a just transition to renewable energy to protect consumers, workers and the climate from future shocks. If he doesn’t, he will be remembered as a monumental climate failure.”

The protest comes just weeks before the UK hosts a global climate conference in Scotland.

It also comes as the UK faces a surge in gas, pushing annual bills for all Britons up to £1,000 over the next year, while energy-guzzling factories say they may have to work fewer hours or shut down completely.

There is still a shortage of petrol in London and the South East, almost three weeks after the crisis, while there are gaps on the shelves amid warnings that Christmas food and gifts could be in short supply due to a lack of truck drivers and problems with the global economy. supply chain.

Kwasi Kwarteng told Sky News he was “constantly” in talks with the Treasury to see what support could be given to manufacturers and energy companies.

But a Treasury source hit back, saying, “This isn’t the first time the… [Business] Secretary made things up in interviews. To be clear, the Treasury is not involved in any discussions.’

Businesses have criticized ministers for failing to help protect businesses from an energy price shock that could close factories in weeks.

Heavy industry leaders, covering steel, brick making, chemicals, ceramics and paper, are outraged at the inaction.

UK Steel Director General Gareth Stace warned of possible ‘long-term damage’ to the industry. He said: ‘Currently, UK steelmakers are facing energy prices five times higher than last year’s average, as well as notable price volatility.

Greenpeace Dampaigners demonstrate in Downing Street against the Cambo oil field off the west coast of Shetland

Greenpeace Dampaigners demonstrate in Downing Street against the Cambo oil field off the west coast of Shetland

The protest comes just weeks before the UK hosts a global climate change conference in Scotland

The protest comes just weeks before the UK hosts a global climate change conference in Scotland

Police officers release an oil barrel from a Greenpeace climate activist during the protest

Police officers release an oil barrel from a Greenpeace climate activist during the protest

Police officers arrest Greenpeace climate activist after protest in Downing Street today

Police officers arrest Greenpeace climate activist after protest in Downing Street today

‘In this way, longer and more frequent production interruptions become a fact. These conditions are simply not sustainable for the sector. We urge the government to take action, as has been done in Italy and Portugal, to support the sector.”

dr. Laura Cohen, chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: ‘I am really concerned that the Foreign Secretary has not understood the urgency of what we are asking for.

“We need practical gas emergency measures to keep enough gas available and keep our factories up and running when supplies get tight.”

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson also came under scrutiny today for flying to Marbella as the crisis continues.

Business leaders have urged the prime minister to ‘beat ministerial heads together’ over response to the looming ‘winter of discontent’ rather than bask on a £25,000-a-week private estate near Marbella.

Within hours of Mr Johnson’s departure, chaos erupted in Whitehall over whether there would be a rapid bailout to help struggling companies survive the energy crisis.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he wanted to see if “existing support” was “sufficient” despite warnings that some factories could close in weeks. But in an extraordinary briefing war, the Treasury, which is headed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, accused him of “making things up” by claiming his departments were in talks about helping the industry.

Tory MP Andrew Percy – who has a steel mill in his Yorkshire constituency – urged ministers to ‘grow a few’ and intervene.

“If the government doesn’t intervene here, it means giving up the north and central countries, which are mainly home to heavy industry and manufacturing,” he told the Times.

Police officers cut an oil barrel as Greenpeace activists protest outside Downing Street

Police officers cut an oil barrel as Greenpeace activists protest outside Downing Street

Boris Johnson and his pregnant wife Carrie take an overseas holiday at a £25,000-a-week shelter in Marbella owned by Zac Goldsmith, the close friend of the Prime Minister's wife and Tory peer Zac Goldsmith

Boris Johnson and his pregnant wife Carrie take an overseas holiday at a £25,000-a-week shelter in Marbella owned by Zac Goldsmith, the close friend of the Prime Minister’s wife and Tory peer Zac Goldsmith

Boris Johnson basks in Spain as Britain finds itself in the midst of energy, petrol and supply chain crises

Boris Johnson basks in Spain as Britain finds itself in the midst of energy, petrol and supply chain crises

There are also claims that the Conservative Steel Caucus, which includes about a dozen Tory MPs with industrial seats, has been making increasingly desperate gigs behind the scenes.

Mr Stace today called on the prime minister to ‘beat the heads of ministers’ to prevent a sector crisis from hitting his sector. He told LBC: “This is a critical time. The Business Secretary has also said it is a critical situation, so why is the government just sitting on its hands and doing nothing at the moment?

“From my point of view, with the reported government battle between the Treasury and BEIS, the Prime Minister must now slam the ministerial heads together, take control and remember that if he does nothing, his ambition to level up will be gone. in pieces.’

Andrew Percy, the Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole whose constituency contains the giant steel mill Scunthorpe, called on the government to ‘grow a few’ and step in to save jobs.

He told The Times: ‘Ministers have a choice. They can bury their heads in the sand and pretend they have no responsibility, or they can grow a few and accept that many of the problems we currently have with energy costs in the UK are a result of decisions by governments in this country . Whether it’s labor shortages or energy costs, we seem to be saying, ‘Well, the industry has to go and sort it out. It’s not for us’.’

But the Prime Minister’s Security Minister, Damian Hinds, defended during the holiday, saying: ‘What’s really important for the rest of us, for the whole country, is for the Prime Minister to get some family time, get a break’ .

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