2021-10-12 09:21:52 UTC
An Insulate Britain protester who has been arrested on numerous occasions
for blocking the M25 is married to a Transport for London boss responsible
for traffic flow, it emerged last night.
Cathy Eastburn, a Cambridge University philosophy graduate, lives with
Benedict Plowden, 58, in South London and she has allowed David McKenny,
38, a fellow activist, to stay at the home, The Sun said.
Greg Smith, a Conservative MP and member of the transport select committee,
told the newspaper: “Insulate Britain has caused untold misery for
individuals and businesses over recent weeks. It is an absolute kick in the
teeth that someone senior in TfL — an arm of the British state — has been
harbouring them in their house. This is unacceptable.
Last month The Sunday Times disclosed that Eastburn, 54, a musician, is one
of Britain’s most prolific climate change activists, having been arrested
at least 12 times in three years.
During the M25 protests she was arrested four times in nine days. She was
released without charge each time.
In 2019 she was arrested twice in London protesting for Extinction
Rebellion by gluing herself to a hotel and a DLR train.
Transport for London said that Plowden would be stepping down after 20
years at the organisation. A spokesman said: “We do not comment on the
activities of the families of our staff. Ben Plowden has been a dedicated
servant of London for many years — including playing a pivotal role in
ensuring the London 2012 Games were a success.