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Starmer under fire as former XR legal strategist advising Labour on climate change

NewsStarmer under fire as former XR legal strategist advising Labour on climate change

A former Extinction Rebellion legal strategist is advising Labour on climate change.

Tobias Garnett, a human rights lawyer, joined the party as a political adviser on climate and energy in 2020, having previously worked as a policy adviser on Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign.

Prior to his positions with Sir Keir and Labour, Mr Garnett was part of the environmental group Extinction Rebellion’s legal strategy team.

It comes as Labour is under pressure over donations from green businessman Dale Vince, who is also a backer of eco-activists Just Stop Oil.

Tory deputy chairman Lee Anderson said: “Mr Garnett was a coordinator of Extinction Rebellion’s legal strategy team and it would appear that he is now advising the Labour Party.

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“With the recent revelations that Just Stop Oil backer Dale Vince is funding the Labour Party it will come as no surprise that Slippery Starmer has recruited another pro-disruption advisor to help them win the next election.

“This is anarchy in the making and will not end well.”

Mr Garnett has worked for shadow climate change and net zero secretary Ed Miliband since April 2020.

He was also a policy adviser on Sir Keir’s leadership campaign for four months from January 2020.

Mr Garnett was working with Extinction Rebellion when the group won a High Court challenge in November 2019 over a police ban on protests in London.

As a human rights lawyer, he fought successfully for the families of British soldiers killed in Iraq and journalists imprisoned overseas.

It comes as Labour is facing pressure over around £1.5million of donations from Ecotricity founder Mr Vince.

Tory chairman Greg Hands has urged the party to return the money from the supporter of Just Stop Oil, who are known for their disruptive protests.

But Labour has defended accepting donations from Mr Vince, saying it does not affect their views on the group.

And Mr Vince has called attacks on his support for Labour a “mudslinging exercise”.

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