The environment minister’s constituency office landlord is using his rent payments to fund Insulate Britain’s legal fees.
George Eustice has said the group caused “chaos” and endorsed taking legal action against the protesters – but it has now emerged the rent paid for his Cornwall office has been used to fund the group.
A group of investors bought the Camborne office for £51,000 in October 2021 and have so far funnelled £2,820 to the road-blocking protesters.
Sally Wright, one of the investors, said: “I’m glad we’re using his rent to pay the fines of the people who are risking their livelihoods, reputations and personal safety to give the rest of us hope that change is possible.”
A spokesperson for Eustice said it was a “free country”.
A total of 13 Insulate Britain members have been jailed for taking part in the group’s protests – in defiance of an injunction taken out to stop the group blocking roads.