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Extinction Rebellion - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:06 am on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Viscount Ridley Viscount Ridley Conservative 11:06 am, 31st October 2019

My Lords, does my noble friend agree with the recent report from Policy Exchange, co-authored by Richard Walton, former head of Counter Terrorism Command at the Metropolitan Police? It said that:

Extinction Rebellion is an extremist organisation whose methods need to be confronted and challenged rather than supported and condoned”.

Will he condemn, along with responsible scientists, Extinction Rebellion’s falsehoods and exaggeration, which have unnecessarily frightened young people, and will he stand with the good people of Canning Town in their determination to get to work rather than indulge campaigns for permanent austerity?