Student coalition disrupt Anneliese Dodds’ dinner

Just Stop Oil supporters have briefly disrupted a fundraising dinner held by Labour frontbencher Anneliese Dodds to deliver their request that Dodds commit to leaving the Labour party within six months, if Labour fails to cancel all Tory oil and gas licences granted after 2021. [1]

Demonstrators from a coalition of groups including Just Stop Oil, Students vs Oil Oxford, Oxford Palestine Society, XR Youth Oxford, Oxford Climate Justice Campaign, and Actions Against War Crimes Oxford, gathered outside the restaurant NEF Istanbul on Cowley Road from 6:30pm. 

Ollie Sworder, 20, a student from Oxford was one of those taking action. He spoke up at the event, saying:

“I’m here with Just Stop Oil demanding Labour commit to revoking Tory Oil Licences. Anneliese Dodds: your party is dropping climate commitments when we need them most. We need you to stand up and to push for Labour to Stop Tory Oil, or leave the party.”

“Here in Oxford there’s been substantial flooding, and this is only going to get worse. People in your constituency are scared for their homes and families. My generation is scared of the climate collapse Tory oil is creating. Why won’t Labour protect us?”

“We need you to commit to revoking Tory oil and gas licences, and if that fails, to step out of the Labour Party and become an Independent.”

Also speaking up was Rosy Wilson, 19, a student and supporter of Oxford Against War Crimes. Together they delivered a letter to Anneliese Dodds with a list of demands including “For Labour to halt all new oil and gas licences, and revoke the ones granted by the Conservatives, including the Rosebank project.” [2]

Present at the action was Irfan Mamun, 27 years old, a PhD student in Molecular Biology at Oxford University. Today he said: 

“As a scientist, it’s been horrifying seeing the UK government last year handing out new oil and gas licences when it was the hottest year on record. The consequences of the crisis that we are facing are terrifying. If we don’t end our exploration for new oil and gas immediately, and convince other countries to do the same, we are facing a catastrophe where millions will die. We have to take action now.”

“I’m calling on my local MP Anneliese Dodd,s who is the chair of the Labour Party, to commit to stopping Tory oil within 6 months of being in power, or to stand down from the party. I hope she will do the right thing and represent the people of Oxford, the UK and beyond.”

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[1] Just Stop Oil is a coalition of groups working together to demand that the government immediately halt all future licensing and consents for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK. Just Stop Oil is a member of the A22 Network of civil resistance projects.

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