Just Stop Oil supporter arrested after delivering letter to Emily Thornberry

A Just Stop Oil supporter has been arrested after delivering a letter to Islington South MP, Emily Thornberry. The letter included a request that Thornberry commits to leaving the Labour party if, within six months after forming a government, Labour fails to revoke all Tory oil licenses granted since 2021. [1]

At around 14:15, Phoebe Plummer, 22, and Rosa Hicks, 28, delivered a letter to the home of Islington South MP, Emily Thornberry. After peacefully dropping the letter off, Phoebe Plummer was arrested by the Metropolitan police for breach of bail conditions preventing her from going to an MP’s residence. 

Just Stop Oil has committed to a strategy of nonviolent visits to the homes of MPs who have ignored their communications by other means. [2]

 A Just Stop Oil spokesperson commented:

“It is important to acknowledge that we all deserve safety in our homes, but right now all of our homes and our families are in danger. We are asking those with power to speak up and make a stand against the continued drilling of new oil and gas that is endangering all of us.”

One of those taking action was support worker Rosa Hicks, aged 28. Today she said:

“I’m reaching out to Emily Thornbury because it is desperately important that our leaders understand the severity of the situation we find ourselves in, and that they act accordingly. In times of crisis, people of conscience must use whatever leverage they have to stand in the way of injustice. Emily has power and we are asking her to step up and use her position to protect her constituents by ensuring that Labour does the right thing by canceling all Tory licenses granted after 2021.”

Recently, Just Stop Oil supporters have delivered similar letters to MPs across the country, including to the home of Keir Starmer and to Annaliese Dodds’ during a fundraising dinner. [3]

Last month, UN Special Rapporteur Michael Forst remarked: 

“The repression that environmental activists who use peaceful civil disobedience are currently facing in Europe is a major threat to democracy and human rights.”  

As the world passes tipping points that threaten the breakdown of ordered civilization, our politicians, captured by the interests of oil lobbyists and big business, are failing to protect our communities. Until we stop Tory oil, supporters of Just Stop Oil will continue taking proportionate action to demand necessary change. Sign up for action at juststopoil.org.


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Notes to Editors

[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.

Just Stop Oil ‘Blue Lights’ policy: our policy is, and has always been, to move out of the way for emergency vehicles with siren sounding and ‘blue lights’ on.

[2] https://juststopoil.org/2024/02/26/why-are-we-visiting-mps-homes/

[3] https://juststopoil.org/2024/02/23/student-coalition-disrupt-anneliese-dodds-dinner/

[4] https://unece.org/sites/default/files/2024-02/UNSR_EnvDefenders_Aarhus_Position_Paper_Civil_Disobedience_EN.pdf\