Protesters block Black Rod's entrance in bid to stop MPs getting to PMQs

Members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) have reportedly been arrested at the entrance of parliament ahead of Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs).

5 News political editor Andy Bell tweeted a picture of the climate activists being pinned down by police near Black Rod’s entrance.

Officers lined the route from No10 to Parliament ahead of Boris Johnson’s arrival.

XR claim a 92-year-old protester was put in handcuffs and led away by police for ‘sitting peacefully’ outside the gate. They identified him as Arnold Pease, a great-grandfather from Manchester.

Extinction Rebellion have organised a week of action to highlight the climate crisis.

Today’s protest outside Parliament was to highlight MPs inaction after declaring 2019 a Climate Emergency.

A statement said: Parliament declared a Climate Emergency in May 2019 – they know the score. But since then they’ve forgotten we’re in a state of Climate and Ecological Emergency and they’ve been failing to hold Government to account for its inaction’.

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