Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“Today we are saying no to Just Stop Oil and their political wing the Labour Party”

Grant Shapps, Energy Secretary, X Post

Facts

On 31 July, Energy Secretary Grant Shapps took to X to announce the Government’s plans to issue hundreds of new oil and gas licences. He stated “Today we are saying no to Just Stop Oil and their political wing the Labour Party”

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 Mr 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. 

Additional Note

On BBC Question Time on 6 July, Conservative Minister Johnny Mercer stated that the Labour Party was funded by Just Stop Oil. Mercer was immediately shut down by Labour frontbencher Bridget Philipson who responded “that is categorically untrue.” 

When Mercer tried to argue that both Just Stop Oil and some Labour politicians, including Starmer, were funded by Dale Vince, host Fiona Bruce interjected stating that “facts matter” and rightly pointed out that this was not the same as Just Stop Oil funding the Labour Party – a rare but welcome intervention from a BBC convenor. 

Published 28 Jun 2024
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