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Priti Patel will criminalise protesters disrupting transport and work at media outlets. The Home Secretary revealed the plans at the Tory Party conference on Tuesday in Manchester. Patel also said she would give police and courts new powers to deal with offenders. The changes come as climate activists blocked major UK roads including the M1, M4 and M5 over the past three weeks. The demonstration led by the Insulate Britain campaign saw over 300 protesters arrested. They want the government to help cut carbon emissions by insulating all UK homes by 2030. Insulate Britain have since apologised for the disruption that brought parts of country to standstill. Boris Johnson called the protesters “irresponsible crusties” adding that they have been "doing considerable damage to the economy". .