A key financial backer of Just Stop Oil has distanced himself from the group, raising questions over what’s next for the orange-clad disruptors.
Dale Vince, who contributed more than £340,000 to the group, said further protests would be “counterproductive” to stopping oil and launched a new campaign encouraging people to vote.
But Just Stop Oil are likely to continue on their current course, says Peter Gardner, a lecturer in sociology at the University of York who specialises in social movements.
“There are no signs at the moment that JSO would move toward political mainstreaming,” he said.
Although the group thanked Vince and wished him well, Gardner said there was in fact some unease over the announcement.
“They were particularly disappointed that his move was so easily used as an anti-JSO attack line in the media,” he added.