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Climate protesters glue themselves to electric bus used by Lib Dems

Extinction Rebellion protesters have glued themselves to the Liberal Democrats' electric battle bus in London.

Jo Swinson, the party leader, was not on board when the activists arrived, but did go to speak to them.

The Lib Dems have been using an electric vehicle on the campaign trail.

Image: The police were called to the bus in south London
Protesters glued themselves onto the bus
Image: Protesters glued themselves onto the bus

Police were called and Ms Swinson got her planned visit to a youth centre in south London back on track.

Six people were at the location in South London and one of them, Pete McCall, was glued to the bus.

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Mr McCall said: "All the parties are being targeted today."

Police arriving in South London
Image: Police arriving in South London

XR sent a statement which said: "Extinction Rebellion are buzzing around campaign buses this morning and demanding the climate and ecological emergency is top of the agenda this election."

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It added: "The protest, going by the name 'Bee-yond Politics', is being carried out to remind politicians of the irreplaceable biodiversity loss that is a direct result of their poor, irresponsible policy making. Activists wanted to plant the plight of bees and other pollinators fully in the minds of the next Prime Minister, and to remind them that they hold the future of life in their hands.

Extinction Rebellion protesters on the bus
Image: Extinction Rebellion protesters on the bus
Extinction Rebellion protesters outside the Lib Dem election bus Pic: Extinction Rebellion
Image: Extinction Rebellion protesters outside the Lib Dem election bus Pic: Extinction Rebellion

"Our bee population is being threatened by extreme weather and habitat destruction, bringing with it crop instability and food vulnerability."

Ms Swinson told the protesters it was "lovely to meet them" and was pleased about the campaigning work they were doing.

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