Tory conference LIVE: Priti Patel poised to issue new clampdown on Insulate Britain mob


The Home Secretary is due to introduce tougher powers to deal with the M25 climate change activists, including unlimited fines and up to six months’ jail time. The speech will occur at the annual Conservative Party conference at 11:50 this morning. Police will also be given the power to stop and search activists for “lock-on” equipment which they use to prevent themselves from being removed.

More than 300 related arrests have been made so far to date.

Ahead of her conference speech, Ms Patel said: “The right to protest is a fundamental principle of our democracy but we will not tolerate guerrilla tactics that obstruct people going about their day-to-day business.

“That is why we will increase the maximum penalty for disrupting a motorway to an unlimited fine or up to six months in prison – or both.

“Whilst the Labour Party stand on the side of these so-called ‘activists’, the Conservative party will always back the law-abiding, hard-working majority of people in this country.”

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