Sister of Insulate Britain eco-zealot who is on hunger strike in prison says she is ‘sounding sad’


An Insulate Britain eco-warrior on hunger strike in prison is ‘sounding sad’ and ‘tearful’ on the phone and has not yet had her belongings delivered to her cell, her sister has claimed. 

Emma Smart, 44, is entering her tenth day of hunger strike at HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, where she was sentenced to four months for protesting on the M25, in defiance of a High Court order. 

But it seems the biologist, from Weymouth, who is locked up in Europe’s largest women’s prison, alongside rapists and murderers, may be struggling to cope behind bars. 

‘Day 9 of hunger strike,’ her sister Clare wrote on Twitter Friday, ‘Emma is always so strong yet today she was tearful when she phoned. It is really tough to hear her sounding sad.

‘The frustrating delays of not getting any of her belongings; her books, clothes, even her glasses for her to be able to comfortably read the emails that have been printed out. 

‘Each day she is told that it will happen and each day passes without it.’ 

The picture seems at odds with the defiant statement Emma put out via Insulate Britain this morning, telling the government to  ‘bring down the combined might of your best lawyers’, adding: ‘We will not be cowed’.

Emma Smart (pictured), from Weymouth, announced via an Insulate Britain spokesman that she would be going on hunger strike

Emma Smart (pictured), from Weymouth, announced via an Insulate Britain spokesman that she would be going on hunger strike

Emma Smart (left) waves to supporters as she arrives at the High Court in London for sentencing last week

Emma Smart (left) waves to supporters as she arrives at the High Court in London for sentencing last week

Emma Smart was arrested for blocking the M25 despite a High Court injunction banning such demonstrations (Pictured: Insulate Britain protestors block a roundabout at a junction of the M25)

Emma Smart was arrested for blocking the M25 despite a High Court injunction banning such demonstrations (Pictured: Insulate Britain protestors block a roundabout at a junction of the M25)

Clare added that her sister wants her voice to be heard and the reasons for her hunger strike to be ‘shouted out loud.’ 

She said: ‘For those that are able to act in solidarity to do so. To not be forgotten about. 

‘To feel that she is continuing to act and to do everything that she can even from inside a prison cell.’   

Emma is undertaking the hunger strike to try and persuade Boris Johnson to insulate more council homes in Britain. 

Clare continued: ‘Emma is not eating in solidarity with those who will have to make the choice between eating and heating their homes this winter.’ 

Mail Online has contacted Insulate Britain for comment.  

Emma was arrested on October 8 along with eight other Insulate Britain activists after four injunctions were granted by the High Court to National Highways in September. 

These banned protests on the M25, around the Port of Dover and on major roads around London.

A fifth injunction was granted to Transport For London on October 8.

Speaking from prison today, Emma said in a statement via Insulate Britain: ‘Imprisoning all those who disagree with you is the mark of a bully and we all know that at heart, bullies are cowards.

‘So to the government we say carry on, bring down the combined might of your best lawyers and all the vast machinery of the state. We will not be cowed. 

‘Our numbers are growing because the general public knows we are on the right side of history.’  

In a video shared by Insulate Britain online this week, a short recording of Emma, believed to have been taken before she was sent to prison, can be seen in which she defends her actions and called for more civil disobedience.

Emma Smart told the court that the proceedings were 'obscene' and glowered at barristers representing National Highways. However, the biologist has faced allegations of hypocrisy after undertaking a gas-guzzling 81,000-mile drive across the globe with her husband Andy Smith. Above: The couple are pictured with their diesel-fuelled Toyota before the trip in 2012

Emma Smart told the court that the proceedings were ‘obscene’ and glowered at barristers representing National Highways. However, the biologist has faced allegations of hypocrisy after undertaking a gas-guzzling 81,000-mile drive across the globe with her husband Andy Smith. Above: The couple are pictured with their diesel-fuelled Toyota before the trip in 2012

Insulate Britain eco mob's Emma Smart, 44 previously urged more eco-zealots to step up and continue the group's extreme campaign this week

Insulate Britain eco mob’s Emma Smart, 44 previously urged more eco-zealots to step up and continue the group’s extreme campaign this week

Smart, an ecologist by trade, said: ‘It was quite an extreme campaign, you know, going onto the motorway but we’re in an extreme situation and I felt I had to do what was necessary.

‘I stepped up, we all need to step up. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way we’re going to enact change.

‘We don’t need nine of us, or 20 of us in prison, we all need to put our liberty on the line because we are facing losing everything.’

In the clip shared to Twitter, Smart explains her actions leading up to taking part in the mob’s motorway protests earlier this year. 

Speaking with a row of fence panels behind her, she said: ‘I don’t know what more I can do and then IB [Insulate Britain] came along and yes, this was a way I could step up. 

‘It was quite an extreme campaign, you know, going onto the motorway but we’re in an extreme situation and I felt I had to do what was necessary.

‘So I feel this is the moment. Our government could have accepted and acted or done something meaningful in relation to our demands.

‘But they chose to imprison us and really that has got to send a strong message to everyone. Now is the time. We need to come together, whatever we’re doing is not enough. 

‘I stepped up, we all need to step up. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way we’re going to enact change.

‘We don’t need nine of us, or 20 of us in prison, we all need to put our liberty on the line because we are facing losing everything.

‘Our life support systems are collapsing, society is going to collapse. Be part of that change while you have the chance.’ 

During her sentencing, Emma told the court that the proceedings were ‘obscene’ and glowered at barristers representing National Highways. 

However, the biologist has faced allegations of hypocrisy after undertaking a gas-guzzling 81,000-mile drive across the globe with her husband Andy Smith. 

Insulate Britain said today that a further nine of its members have been summoned to appear at the High Court on December 14.

The group said they face the charge of contempt of court and face up to two years in prison. 



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