Pierce Corbyn has interrupted a climate emergency debate on the sidelines of the Labor Conference, where his brother and former leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared as a star panelist.
The 74-year-old started making noise when the presidency of the event – hosted by The World Transformed in Brighton – opened up to questions from younger members of the audience and people of color.
The request prompted a second heckler to disrupt proceedings on Sunday, accusing the event’s organizers of an “assault”, before he was promptly ejected and barred from reaching the stage.
Pierce’s older brother, the former Labor leader, was seen handing out a leaflet titled “Stop Jabbing Children”, falsely accusing Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty of using “fake data”, along with a different climate science The pamphlet claims: “Man-made climate change does not exist!”.
Another member of the panel received loud applause, however, when she hit back at hecklers, including Pierce, saying: “You need to check what level of eligibility you have. You need to sit down and show some respect. “
“Well, so we need to pursue comrades, because we have a big task ahead of us,” she said.
Speaking after the end of the event, Pierce, who was asked if he couldn’t send his brother a text expressing his thoughts, replied: “Well, he knows it, but he’s in Green New’s. The accompanying trade unions are a prisoner of the deal”.
Addressing activists during the event, the ex-Labor leader, who appeared on stage with Labor MPs Clive Lewis and Zara Sultana, said: “The climate emergency is here, now and real. The biodiversity crisis is here, now and real.
“Habitat loss, loss of wildlife, loss of open space, loss of insects are, in fact, incredibly harmful to the natural world for all of us”
He continued: “The reality of climate change is out there – it’s very clear.
“Look at global weather patterns, look at global temperature rise, look at global sea level rise, look at increased flooding … and these 100-year storms are coming more and more often now.”
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