Insulate Britain: Jailed protester’s husband speaks out on wife’s hunger strike

Insulate Britain activist's husband discusses wife's hunger strike

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The husband of an Insulate Britain protester, who is on hunger strike in prison, revealed that her self-imposed fast is set to continue until the Government moves to insulate homes in a bid to tackle climate change. Emma Smart from Weymouth in Dorset was handed a four-month jail sentence for blocking an injunction and has been refusing to eat in jail for a fortnight. After being sentenced to four months behind bars, she vowed to take drastic action by going on a hunger strike.

Husband Andy Smith claimed that by refusing to eat she wants to send out a strong message to the Government in the hope of setting a precedent and spark change.

Mr Smith said that his wife is determined to sacrifice her own well-being for the benefits of the other nine million people who ‘don’t have a voice’.

He told Nick Ferrari on LBC: “She has decided to make a statement until the Government make a meaningful statement.

“That’s highly unlikely though isn’t it? We’ve got a Prime Minister who can’t even put together a coherent sentence about Peppa Pigs.

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“So it’s highly unlikely he’s gonna put a meaningful statement together about saving the lives of pensioners.

“I have absolutely no idea at this stage, she’s quite determined. It’s who she is and what she stands for.

“She has a strong moral conviction to be a voice for the nine million species that don’t have a voice. And she is intent on speaking out for those.”

Insulation is an effective way to save energy at home since it keeps hot in winter and cool in summer.

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Two weeks ago Ms Smart, 44, shed light on her willingness to go on hunger strike, saying: “Our Government is betraying us, betraying our vulnerable people and betraying our children’s future.

‘I believe that my intentions are morally right, even if my actions are deemed legally wrong. ‘This court may see me as being on the wrong side of the law, but in my heart I know I am on the right side of history. I will not be a bystander.’

She has been moved to the hospital wing of HMP Bronzefield due to her health deteriorating following her 13th day of hunger strike.

Despite being ‘terrified’ initially when it was brought to his attention that his wife was fasting, he stressed that he had her back.


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He said: ‘She is incredibly resolute in her actions. I stand by her in all the decisions she makes. Morally they are in the right in this instance and she really stands by her convictions.

‘She’s an incredibly passionate person who has spent her whole entire adult life trying to save wildlife and protect the environment. That’s deeply ingrained in who she is.

“‘That freedom to go out on to the street and protest has been taken away from her, so her going on a hunger strike in prison is another way to continue that process.’

The family of a fellow jailed activist, Oliver Rock, who is also serving a four-month jail term, managed to raise over £8,500 to cover his rent while he is doing time.

A further nine members of the infamous group will appear at the High Court in two weeks’ time to face charge of contempt of court.

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