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Islington Extinction Rebellion activist in Labour conference snub

Sam Knights said he received an email from police stating he had ‘not passed security checks” to attend party event

27 September, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Sam Knights is awaiting trial after being charged with criminal damage and aggravated trespass following an Extinction Rebellion protest in April

A CLIMATE activist and Labour Party delegate for Islington South and Finsbury was initially barred from attending the Labour Party conference in Brighton after being refused accreditation by the police.

Sam Knights, who is a key member of Extinction Rebellion, said he received an email from Sussex police stating that he had “not passed the necessary police security checks”.

The 23-year-old, from Barnsbury, is currently awaiting trial after being charged with criminal damage and aggravated trespass along with eight others following the Extinction Rebellion protest outside the headquarters of Shell in April.

He launched a last-minute judicial review of the police decision not to allow him to attend the conference, which ruled in his favour.

He was able to attend the last couple of days of conference.

Mr Knights told the Tribune: “I am relieved to have finally been allowed into conference and to have represented the constituency, as I was elected to do.

“We pushed the Green New Deal motion and were an important voice in the room, ensuring the radical and progressive policy that came out of it. It is, however, extremely concerning that young climate activists are being ­targeted by the police and banned from the democratic process.

“It is an attack on democracy and we should all be deeply ­concerned.”

The Green New Deal was a motion backed by party members which includes the nationalisation of big energy firms along with committing to net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

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