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Ipswich MP Tom Hunt lashes out at activists linked to Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion following recent fuel protests



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A Suffolk MP has lamented the 'selfish behaviour' of activists linked to recent fuel protests after struggling to get petrol himself.

Tom Hunt took six attempts at refuelling this morning in Ipswich, but was warned at the ASDA, in Bury Road, that he may be one of the last people to be successful.

Across Suffolk and Ipswich, people have been faced with difficulties trying to get fuel following recent protests by Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil.

Drivers queueing for diesel on April 7, 2022. No unleaded was available. Picture by Chris Morris
Drivers queueing for diesel on April 7, 2022. No unleaded was available. Picture by Chris Morris

Protesters have been blocking oil terminals in Essex, demanding the Government stops new oil and gas projects.

One in three garages are now out of petrol or diesel, according to the Campaign for Fair Fuel group.

The Ipswich MP believes the activists should not be allowed to get away with their actions.

MP Tom Hunt. Picture: House of Parliament
MP Tom Hunt. Picture: House of Parliament

"I know many will have experienced difficulties trying to get their hands on petrol and diesel over the past few days. This morning it wasn't until I visited the sixth petrol station that I was able to get some," he said.

"The situation in Ipswich seems to be slightly better than in rural Suffolk which I was driving through this morning. However the ASDA station, in Bury Road, where I ended up getting my petrol from warned that I might be one of the last.

"This is largely linked to the selfish behaviour of activists linked to Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil who have been holding up fuel supplied and blocking crucial depots in the region.

"The activists in question must not be allowed to do this and to get away with it. I know a number have been arrested but in my view they should immediately be rounded up and severely punished for the immense disruption they are causing."

In a statement posted on Facebook, the MP added that the situation is likely to affect key workers and those who are most in need.

He added: "Across the county there will be vulnerable people who are dependant on a carer who drives and who could be waiting in discomfort. There will be people who haven't been able to get to work or who have missed important meetings. The list goes on. Enough is enough."