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Commons climate protesters held

Climate Rush protesters in Parliament
The protesters glued around the statue: Pic supplied to the BBC by Climate Rush

Four people who glued themselves to a statue in the Houses of Parliament in protest at government energy policy have been arrested.

Three women and a man fixed themselves around the statue of Viscount Falkland outside the central lobby after entering the building as visitors.

They wore red sashes in tribute to the suffragette who chained herself to the same statue 100 years ago.

They were demonstrating against plans to build coal-fired power stations.

Police sealed off the corridor in St Stephen's Hall, near the Commons main entrance, while the protesters, members of the group Climate Rush, were removed.


But MPs' business continued as normal, with statements about Titan prisons being scrapped and the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico.

The protesters said their actions were designed to be a wake-up call for the government.

It is 100 years to the day that a suffragette chained herself to the same statue as part of the campaign to secure votes for women - the authorities had to cut through the statue's sword to release her.

The protesters wore red Suffragette-style sashes and chanted the slogan "deeds not words", which was used during the campaign for the right to vote.

Last Thursday Energy Secretary Ed Miliband announced that funding would be found for up to four coal-fired power stations, as long as they were fitted with so-called carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

It would mean about 25% of energy output would have carbon trapped and stored underground, to prevent it being released into the atmosphere.

The idea was that when CCS was proven commercially and technically viable, which the government expects by 2020, those stations would then have five years to capture and store carbon from 100% of their energy output.

Mr Miliband said it could mean carbon emissions from coal would be reduced by 90% and would put the UK "in a world leadership position on CCS and coal".

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