TfL accused of ‘harbouring extremists’ as it emerges Insulate Britain activist is married to transport boss

Transport for London has been accused of “harbouring extremists” after it was reported that an Insulate Britain activist is married to a senior employee of the transport body.

Cathy Eastburn, 54, was among those who were served an injunction after being arrested by police following protests across the UK’s motorway network over the last month.

Her husband, Benedict Plowden, 58, has been working on “getting London moving after the pandemic,” according to TfL, but a spokesperson confirmed that he is leaving the organisation.

Greg Smith MP, who sits on the transport select committee, told the Sun: “It is unbelievable that someone in TfL – who have themselves been victim to these extremists – have been looking after these extremists in luxury.”

Ms Eastburn declined to comment on her and her husband’s situation when approached from comment by The Telegraph.

She said: “We must face the reality Sir David King means when he says ‘we have to move rapidly, what we do in the next 3-4 years will determine the future of humanity, unless we make the transitions necessary, we are going to lose what we understand by our civilisation over the coming decades’. The country needs Boris to get on with the job of Insulating Britain.”

Insulate Britain activists burn pages from court injunctions outside the High Court on Tuesday

Credit: Yui Mok/PA

It came as Insulate Britain protesters set fire to court injunction papers at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday morning.

Some 18 activists wearing hi-vis vests burnt pages of injunctions that had been individually served on them on the pavement outside the court building.

Inside the High Court a hearing took place over three injunctions granted to National Highways over the last two months, aimed at stopping protesters from blocking the M25, Port of Dover and major A roads around London.

Demonstrator Nick Onley, 59, from London, said: “It’s a sign of our determination to carry on protesting, to carry on raising this issue until we see some action that we can believe in.”

The court case was adjourned until next Tuesday. 

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