Insulate Britain spokesman accused of failing to insulate own home

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Liam Norton storms off the set of Good Morning Britain - Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Liam Norton storms off the set of Good Morning Britain - Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

An M25 activist was accused of not living in an insulated home before storming out of a live television interview on Wednesday.

Liam Norton, 38, an electrician and spokesman for Insulate Britain, appeared on Good Morning Britain where he was accused of "hypocrisy" over reports that he does not live in an insulated home.

He was asked by a panellist: "Why have you not insulated your own home for a start? Because I think where you are coming from is pure hypocrisy as well."

Norton did not deny the claims, saying: "Whether my home is insulated or not doesn't change the fact that millions of people's homes aren't insulated and aren't going to be."

The climate activist went on to compare the struggle of climate protesters to that of Winston Churchill's fight against Nazi Germany.

"Do you know how many MPs supported Churchill in 1937?" he asked the panellists. "Six MPs – and Churchill was right, wasn't he? But only six supported him.”

He then stormed off set after presenter Richard Madeley said that it was the "most twisted parallel I think I have ever heard”.

Insulate Britain has carried out a series of protests on the M25 over the past two weeks, causing delays to thousands of motorists trying to get to work, hospital appointments, and drop their children at school.

Earlier in the week, there were reports that the group delayed a woman getting to hospital when she was having a stroke which has left her paralysed.

Asked what he would say to the son of the woman, Norton said: "We obviously feel terrible and I would apologise and say how bad I felt. But it doesn’t change the position we are in, in terms of the climate."

The tense interview came hours before 60 Insulate Britain protesters demonstrated outside the Home Office in Westminster in response to the injunction brought against them by Priti Patel.

"Take us to court, charge us, and put us in prison," they said outside the building before burning their police release forms.

In May this year, Norton glued his hand to a table in a courtroom at St Albans Magistrates where he was on trial with five other activists for blocking the printing presses of national newspapers.

Copies of The Sun, The Times, The Daily Mail and The Telegraph could not be distributed after the main gates were blocked by around 50 activists.

On the opening day of his trial, Norton glued his hand to the table before shouting: "I would like to make clear what is going on in this court is obvious and complete criminality." Using his free hand to film in court, he said: "Judge, what you are doing is illegal."

He was subsequently banned from attending the trial and was later found guilty and given a conditional discharge.

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