A Business Minister was last night facing questions about why she met members of a radical environmental group which is plotting to paralyse London this week.
Claire Perry held meetings with the Extinction Rebellion (XR) group at a climate change conference in Poland in November.
Ms Perry told The Mail on Sunday she had a ‘good and productive chat’ with the activists, who have links to Labour’s far-Left Momentum faction and are preparing a new onslaught of civil disobedience and criminality conceived with military precision to bring Britain to its knees.
It comes as an undercover investigation by this newspaper has revealed a hardcore movement determined to turn the clock back to a life without fossil fuel – and usurping Parliamentary democracy in the process.
The first stage of their global ‘Rebellion Week’ begins tomorrow and involves a plot to paralyse central London for at least three days, creating human barricades at five key points: Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus.
Some protesters are even planning to super-glue their hands to objects in the road and each other, requiring specially trained police officers to laboriously unstick them using chemicals.
Ms Perry met members of the group at a summit in Katowice. She said: ‘We had a good and productive chat and have been in correspondence since.’
Organisers have talked of up to 30,000 eco-activists attending mass protests – and crucially many of them being arrested.
The protests have been seven months in the planning.
Their goal is to shut down vital roads and transport links, causing misery for millions of commuters and keeping over-stretched police officers busy for hours.
Behind it all lies a chilling manifesto, with the prime goal for the Government to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025. The result of this would return Britain more or less to the Dark Ages.
XR was founded just a few months ago but has rapidly grown into a vast global organisation, with more than a hundred groups across Britain. Last November, they blocked bridges across London to bring chaos to the capital. In February, they took part in a nationwide school strike in which thousands of children were urged to miss lessons for a day and take to the streets in protest.
And on April 1, during one of the Brexit debates, a group of them stripped off in the Commons to stage a ‘cheeky protest’ about climate change policy.