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Extinction Rebellion hold protest outside Richard Bacon MP's office

Extinction Rebellion protesters assembled outside the office of Richard Bacon to demonstrate against the MP’s perceived inaction in the face of climate change.

Four protesters spent an hour holding placards and attached signage to the railings outside the South Norfolk MP’s constituency address in Ipswich Road, Long Stratton, on Thursday.

The group also posted an open letter, addressed to Mr Bacon, where they outlined a handful of demands they want him to raise in Parliament, including putting a framework in place to reduce carbon emissions by 2050, and allowing for a citizens’ assembly to address the climate crisis.

Protesters held placards outside the South Norfolk MP's office in Long Stratton (37951102)
Protesters held placards outside the South Norfolk MP's office in Long Stratton (37951102)

In the letter, the group also referenced racial inequality and capitalism all as “symptoms of a government which fails to act on the science and fails to do what’s right to protect people and the planet”.

Protester Niki Stickells said that the group was left with little alternative after similar demonstrations – including holding a large rally outside the offices of South Norfolk District Council earlier this month – appeared to fall on deaf ears.

“We haven’t actually heard anything from Richard Bacon, so we did this to tell him and the Government that they aren’t doing enough,” she said.

The 50-year-old, from Harleston, added: “We got quite a few thumbs up, and quite a few motorists stopped and had conversations with us and said they were also concerned about climate change.”

Mr Bacon was contacted for a comment, but had not responded at the time of going to press.

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