Tearful woman begs Insulate Britain to let her be with elderly mum in hospital

A woman was seen pleading with Insulate Britain to let her through their blockade at the Blackwall Tunnel on Monday (October 4).

The eco protest group has brought major routes into London to a standstill by sitting on the roads so cars can't get past.

Footage shows the woman crying when she is unable to get through to visit her 81-year-old mother who she says is being taken in an ambulance to a Canterbury hospital.

Three protesters are standing and talking to her while she shouts in distress, apparently begging them to lift the blockade for five minutes so she can get through.

She says: "Yes! She is in the hospital in Canterbury… Please. This is not ok.

"How can you be so selfish? How can you be so selfish?

"Just five minutes. My mum is 81 and she's going to the hospital… Unbelievable."

Protesters blocked Hanger Lane and Wandsworth Bridge between 8 am and 12 pm, as well as the Blackwall Tunnel.

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Footage later showed people get out of their cars and vans to physically move the protesters out of the way.

Insulate Britain is trying to pile pressure on the Government to fully insulate all social housing by 2025.

The group claims the UK has "the oldest and least energy-efficient housing stock in Europe" and it is necessary to insulate people's homes to meet climate change targets.

It also wants the Government to "fully fund" a full low-energy and low-carbon whole-house retrofit of all homes in Britain by 2030.

An Insulate Britain spokeswoman said: "We're more scared of what will happen when the climate crisis causes the breakdown of law and order, than we are of injunctions and prison.

"The Government is focussing on us rather than what's coming down the road.

"They need to face up to reality.

"If our Government really wants to do something for hard-working families it should act decisively to insulate Britain's homes.

"It will help people with rising energy bills, prevent 8,500 fuel poverty deaths this winter, and cut carbon emissions in the most cost-effective way possible."

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