'Pointless!' - Jacob Rees-Mogg blasts Just Stop Oil spokesperson as Ashes protesters handed sentences

'Pointless!' - Jacob Rees-Mogg blasts Just Stop Oil spokesperson as Ashes protesters handed sentences

Jacob Rees-Mogg clashes with a Just Stop Oil spokesperson

GB NEWS
Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman


Published: 24/10/2023

- 21:18

Three protesters from the group were found guilty of aggravated trespass

Jacob Rees-Mogg slapped down a Just Stop Oil spokesperson as they appeared on GB News to discuss a sentencing for the group’s protesters.

It comes as three protesters from the group who were found guilty of aggravated trespass after they ran onto the pitch during the Ashes series at Lord’s have been sentenced.


The three, who said they wanted to create headlines for their climate change protest and did not want to cause disruption or damage the pitch, were found guilty after a trial at City of London Magistrates’ Court.

Appearing on GB News to discuss the matter was Zoe Cohen, who accused Rees-Mogg of spreading “misinformation” on the matter.

“What you’re doing is showing footage of the Ashes action, what you should be doing is showing footage of the climate impact.”

Rees-Mogg called on the eco activist to stand for election to “put forward policies” to the British people.

He said this would serve the British people better than “disturbing events pointlessly”.

Cohen told Rees-Mogg that she “feels sorry” for Tory MP’s children, to which he jokingly responded: “That’s very kind of you”.

She went on to speak about the group’s past climate activism which has seen them deploy the tactic of disrupting people in a bid to garner attention.

The group are calling on the Government to end all new oil and fossil fuel licences.

The three who were sentenced, who said they wanted to create headlines for their climate change protest and did not want to cause disruption or damage the pitch, were found guilty after a trial at City of London Magistrates’ Court.

England player Jonny Bairstow carried Knorr off the pitch, champagne corks and fruit were thrown by cricket fans at Bourne as he was led off the field, and Murray was tackled before she could reach the wicket and held down on the grass.

The court heard there is a 3ft-high metallic fence in front of the grandstand at Lord’s, followed by a gap and 3ft-high LED hoardings which loop around the ground, and then a boundary rope which all serve as “markers” – along with many signs and loudspeaker messages which warn ticket-holders they are not allowed to go on to the field of play.

Nick Rowe, security operations manager at Lord’s, said the protesters got “very close” to the wicket and play had to stop for a short period immediately after the incident.

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