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In pictures: Energy speech protest

A Greenpeace protester displays a banner at the Confederation of British Industry conference

Tony Blair's speech to the Confederation of British Industry, in Islington, north London, had been trailed as possibly heralding a new nuclear era... but Greenpeace had other ideas.

A Greenpeace protester drops anti-nuclear stickers onto CBI conference delegates

Two protesters, one of whom said he was a trained climber, scaled the ceiling of the Business Design Centre and demanded the opportunity to give a 10-minute speech.

CBI director general Digby Jones announces the relocation of the event to another room

But CBI director general Digby Jones was in no mood to welcome gatecrashers, and said he did not give in to "ultimatums" before moving the entire event to a side hall.

Tony Blair addresses the CBI conference after a 48-minute delay

Interrupted by clattering microphones and mobile phones in the packed room, Mr Blair said: "I'm going to give this speech if it's the last thing I do."

A Greenpeace protester is arrested and led from the conference centre

The protesters were arrested and taken to a London police station, but Greenpeace said the demonstration "was the only way we could say what we wanted to say".



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