Greenpeace activists halt Philip Hammond’s speech at black tie event in London

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Climate change protesters have disrupted chancellor Philip Hammond’s Mansion House speech.

Hammond had barely started his address when the activists interrupted the black tie event in the City of London.

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The activists were quickly escorted from Mansion House (Greenpeace/PA)

The disruption lasted several minutes. Hammond got back to his feet at 9.05pm.

Greenpeace later said 40 of its activists, some of whom wore red evening dresses with sashes that read “climate emergency”, had interrupted the event, which was being broadcast live on television.

In a statement, Greenpeace UK climate campaigner Areeba Hamid said: “This is a climate emergency. Business as usual is no longer an option.”

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