Grant Shapps hopes protestors spend Christmas in prison after Just Stop Oil block M25

7 November 2022, 10:41 | Updated: 7 November 2022, 13:03

Business Secretary calls Just Stop Oil protests 'completely outrageous'.

By Hannah Holland

Business Secretary and former Transport Secretary Grant Shapps condemned the Just Stop Oil activists who blocked the M25 on Monday, adding that he hoped the eco protestors would spend "Christmas in prison".

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After Nick Ferrari informed the Business Secretary about the activism, Grant Shapps criticised the demonstration, saying: "It's completely outrageous!"

Sections of the M25 were closed during rush hour on Monday morning after the climate activists climbed onto overhead gantries.

READ MORE: Just Stop Oil cause M25 rush hour chaos despite cops' swoop on eco zealot mastermind

Mr Shapps said: “I’ve no issue with people arguing for lower levels of petrol, gas or whatever other thing they want to campaign for usage, that is fine, that is one thing.

“But don’t go disrupting other people’s lives - it’s unacceptable, it’s illegal!”, the Business Secretary said.

Continuing, he said: “When I was Transport Secretary, I made sure that National Highways used injunctions and quite a number of people from one of their sister campaign organisations spent this Christmas in prison."

“I hope that’s what happens here as well.”

“There are perfectly legitimate ways to campaign on things like climate change if that’s what they want to do”, he added.

“I’m going to COP later this week to try to help with these issues but don’t go and disrupt people’s lives and businesses and families trying to go about their business.”

“I hope that justice is served up to these people.”

READ MORE: Eco protesters try to scale Downing Street gates before blocking off Trafalgar Square as disruption campaign rumbles on

READ MORE: 'Punch me on the nose and I won't listen': Andrew Marr destroys Just Stop Oil protests over painting stunts

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