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The Insulate Britain morons making a mockery of the government

The Insulate Britain protesters who blocked the Port of Dover this morning included a Labour councillor, a bricklayer with a multi-million pound property empire and a mother who have all previously been arrested during the eco-mob's demonstrations. 

More than 40 activists across two groups blocked the A20 road in Kent which provides access to the Port of Dover.

Kent Police made 17 arrests and the port was reopened just after 11am.

Photos from the scene show several of the same protesters who were previously at the group's M25 protests which hit the motorway around London five times in just over a week.

Among them was Insulate Britain ringleader Liam Norton's mother, who is a Labour councillor and climate activist.   

Theresa Norton, 62, is a Labour councillor in Scarborough, north Yorkshire and told neighbours she was going on a two-week holiday before heading south to bring the country's busiest motorway to a standstill.

Since joining protesters, it is understood Ms Norton has been arrested on four separate occasions between Monday, September 13 and Monday, September 20.

Photos from Dover appeared to show her being carried away by police officers today. 

Theresa Norton, 62, is a Labour councillor in Scarborough, north Yorkshire, who told neighbours she was going on a two-week holiday before heading south to bring the M25 to a standstill on Monday. She was also spotted being carried away at today's protest in Dover

Police officers carry away a woman and Insulate Britain protester thought to be Labour councillor Theresa Norton today

Joshua Smith bragged about being arrested four times for 'mourning for life on Earth' (left on September 22 and right on September 20) 

He was spotted on top of a tanker today after gluing himself to it during the protest (pictured with protester named Stephanie

Stephanie was also pictured at the two protests on September 22 (left) and September 20 (right)

Also at the port shutdown was eco-hypocrite Joshua Smith. Smith attended several protests in the past week and was branded a hypocrite after it emerged he owned a multi-million pound property empire - but the homes had poor insulation, an issue at the heart of the group's agenda.

The 28-year-old is heir to a £2million property empire and also has a seven-figure portfolio of his own. However, at least six homes owned by his Oldham-based company have efficiency ratings of E or F, according to the Sun.

This means the properties boast little or no insulation and also produce large quantities of extra carbon dioxide.

Smith was pictured gluing himself to a HGV in Dover today, alongside mother Stephanie, also from Manchester.  

Stephanie said today: 'We do not want to be here. I want to be home with my family spending time with them but if we don't do this they aren't going to have a future.

'The Government are not doing enough. On the current trajectory we are heading for chaos.'

She was previously spotted being carried away by police on the M25 and was also part of a group outside the Home Office. 

She was lifted down from the tanker by officers using an orange sling before being carried over to a police van where she was searched. 

The same woman pictured at today's Port of Dover shutdown by Insulate Britain activists 

This protester was at the September 20 protest and was also at the September 22 one, as well as today's

Another elderly woman was spotted at today's protest having been spotted at two other earlier protests. 

More than 40 activists across two groups blocked the A20 road in Kent which provides access to the Port of Dover.

Kent Police made 17 arrests and the port was reopened just after 11am - though two protesters remain glued to a lorry afterwards and had to be taken down with a sling. 

The government is said to now be seeking another injunction to stop Insulate Britain converging on the Port of Dover in the future. 

The group previously shut down parts of the M25 motorway around London five times in just over a week in a bid to force the Government to insulate and retrofit homes across the UK to cut climate emissions. 

Insulate Britain protesters blocking the A20 in Kent, this morning, which provides access to the Port of Dover in Kent

Protesters from Insulate Britain block the A20 in Kent, which provides access to the Port of Dover in Kent

Several lorries were blocked by the Insulate Britain eco-mob at the Port of Dover this morning - threatening to worsen Britain's HGV shortage crisis

This led to the Government successfully applying to the High Court for an order which prohibits anyone from blocking the M25 with those breaking the injunction facing a possible two years in prison or an unlimited fine. 

But the limited scope of the injunction was quickly realised by the eco-warriors as they simply moved to other roads the order does not cover. Today's protest also isn't covered by the injunction, making a mockery of Priti Patel's attempts to battle the eco mob. 

Now, according to the Times, the government is seeking a second injunction after lawyers advised ministers not to apply for a nationwide injunction on motorway protests because believe it would be rejected by the High Court as disproportionate.

However, it means that the government could have to file repeated injunctions against the eco mob, in what one source called a cat-and-mouse battle.  

The Port of Dover is the busiest ferry port in Europe and is the UK's main gateway for trade from the EU. It is responsible for 17% of the UK's trade in goods and handles £122 billion in trade a year. Every hour, 400 to 500 trucks come into the port, with a similar number going out. It was used by an average of 6,200 road haulage vehicles every day last year.

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