Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“Labour have surrendered to the criminal tactics of Just Stop Oil and given in to their destructive demands”

Grant Shapps, Energy Secretary, Twitter

Facts

On 31 July 2023 the Government announced that it was going to issue hundreds of new North Sea oil and gas licences. 

The same day, Grant Shapps went on Twitter to promote the Government’s announcement, alongside the statement “Labour have surrendered to the criminal tactics of Just Stop Oil and given in to their destructive demands”. 

This is not the first time the Energy Secretary has linked the Labour Party to Just Stop Oil. On 19 July, Mr Shapps wrote to Keir Starmer asking the Labour Party to pay for damages caused by Just Stop Oil’s attacks on the Department of Energy Security building. He wrote “The British public should not have to foot the bill for your mates in Just Stop Oil and their destructive activity.”

Shapp’s statement is based on the fact that Dale Vince, the green energy entrepreneur, has donated money to both Just Stop Oil and the Labour Party.

Verdict

An inflammatory and false statement from Grant Shapps. Just because the Labour Party accepts money from a donor who also gives money to Just Stop Oil, does not mean the two are linked. 

We emailed Grant Shapps’ parliamentary office offering him the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. 

Published 28 Jun 2024
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