Keir Starmer is under fire from a new generation of climate campaigners.

Labour’s promise to invest billions of pounds in clean energy will be one of the stark dividing lines between it and the Conservatives in the next general election.

One of Labour’s five national objectives, and a fundamental plank of the “greener, fairer future” it has promised, is a pledge to invest £28 billion each year in green sectors.

It gave climate campaigners reason to be optimistic about Labour.

However, Labour stated last month that it will postpone its spending target until the second half of its first term in office, citing the UK’s poor economic prospects.

Many climate campaigners were outraged, and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer faced their anger during a recent speech in Gillingham.

Many climate campaigners were outraged, and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer faced their anger during a recent speech in Gillingham.

Several minutes into his address, two Green New Deal Rising activists unfurled a flag behind him. “There will be no more U-turns.” It was titled “Green New Deal.”

As the campaigners were taken off stage, Sir Keir informed them that he would meet with them to address their requests.

The meeting has still not taken place after more than a week, and activists from the group are planning new ways to get his attention.

Activists held sit-ins outside Sir Keir’s, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves’, and deputy leader Angela Rayner’s constituency offices on Friday. They want to continue their protests until Labour’s annual party conference in October, and have not ruled out more disruption, including interrupting speeches, if Sir Keir does not satisfy their demands.

“We’re ramping up our campaign against Labour right now in order to influence their manifesto,” says Hannah Martin, co-director of Green New Deal Rising.

“We want them to offer voters something daring.”

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