Two protestors who snuck into the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham managed to interrupt Prime Minister Liz Truss‘ speech by shouting “who voted for this?”
Derailing the PM’s closing speech after just a couple of minutes, the two Greenpeace demonstrators held up signs asking the same question, citing issues like fracking and other environmental issues.
As you can see, their comments are ultimately drowned out by the noise of Tory boos and chants of “out, out!”. They also produce a second sign after the first is ripped out of their hands by an attendee.
Always bring a back up.
It is unknown under what pretence the protestors were able to infiltrate the conference’s closing event in Birmingham but they both appeared to have official lanyards, one of which can be seen being ripped from the woman in blue’s neck as she was quickly escorted from the premises.
Nevertheless, they have received the support of many such as former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas who tweeted: “Great to see @greenpeace in Tory party conference asking who voted for this?
“They’re right – nobody voted for more fracking, tearing up nature protections or the £ in free fall. We need a general election now.”
She also went on to state that the PM “won’t find it so easy to remove the huge number of opponents [to] her climate-wrecking, nature-destroying policies right across the country”.
You can see the incident from another angle here as those in the audience continue to chant before giving Truss a standing ovation and shout “go on Liz!”
Officers have been carrying out searches of people arriving on site this week – and have already arrested a 24-year-old man.
A quantity of pills and a knife were both recovered from the man, who has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs and possession of a bladed article.
After the arrest, Superintendent Phil Spurgeon issued a statement to criminals, saying ‘don’t bother coming to Parklife’.
He said: “We have a really robust police and partnership community safety operation for the festival, and the arrest and seizure yesterday demonstrates the vigilance of security staff, our thorough search procedures and our commitment to keeping people safe.
“Make no mistake, illegal items such as weapons and drugs can have fatal consequences. Our top priority this weekend is keeping people safe, and anyone caught trying to take such items into the festival will be robustly dealt with.
“I hope the genuine festival-goers are excited for the fantastic weekend ahead and I am confident the majority will enjoy the event responsibly and safely.”
Greater Manchester Police and Parklife security staff will be working closely together to intercept anyone travelling to the festival with criminal intentions.
The arrest on 8 June was thanks to the festival’s drug detection dogs.
In a formal statement addressing the situation, the city‘s flagship further education institution says some of its systems have been accessed by an “unauthorised party” and that data has “likely been copied” as a result of this.
The University’s in-house experts are said to be “working around the clock” to resolve the issue.
External support teams are also said to be working in collaboration with the University to understand what data has been accessed.
Patrick Hackett – Registrar, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Manchester – explained in a statement issued this morning: “Regrettably, I have to share with you the news that the University is the victim of a cyber incident, [as] it has been confirmed that some of our systems have been accessed by an unauthorised party and data have likely been copied.
“Our in-house experts and established expert external support are working around the clock to resolve this incident, and we are working to understand what data has been accessed”.
Mr Hackett said he understands the nature of the issue will “cause concern to members of our community”, and says the University is “very sorry for this”.
The University says it is also working with relevant authorities – including the Information Commissioner’s Office, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the National Crime Agency, and other regulatory bodies – to resolve the issue, and will provide information to those affected as soon as they are able to.
Students and staff are also be told to be vigilant to any suspicious phishing emails within the coming days – with the University’s IT Services team having published some relevant advice to refer to.