Keir Starmer is being pressured to refund a contribution of £360,000 from an environmental activist who funds Just Stop Oil.

Keir Starmer is being pressured to refund a contribution of £360,000 from an environmental activist who funds Just Stop Oil.

Donor to Just Stop Oil Dale Vince has expressed his admiration for Keir Starmer, stating that he is “a particular fan” of Starmer and predicting that Starmer would “be a great Prime Minister.” 

Donations have been taken by both the Labour Party and its leader, Sir Keir Starmer, from the business Ecotricity, which was established by Dale Vince, a rich enthusiast for environmental causes. 

Mr Vince has provided financial support to a number of environmental organisations, including Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace in addition to Just Stop Oil. 

Since the previous election, Ecotricity has given a total of £360,000 to Labour. Of this amount, £20,000 was given to Sir Keir when he was campaigning for the leadership of Labour in 2020, and £10,000 was given to Angela Rayner, who is now the deputy leader of Labour. 

After Just Stop Oil’s money was depleted in November of last year, Vince, who is also the owner of the football side Forest Green Rovers that competes in League One, contributed “tens of thousands” of pounds to the organisation. Vince has verified this donation. 

After members of the group Just Stop Oil hurled tomato soup onto Van Gogh’s painting of sunflowers in October, the incident gained publicity all over the world.

The organisation is also renowned for closing down regions in London, and the government has said that they would toughen up measures to prevent the group from disturbing the lives of individuals in any way possible

In the past, Sir Keir has voiced his disapproval of the Just Stop Oil activists, describing them as “wrong” and “arrogant.”

The Shadow Justice Secretary, Steve Reed, referred to the members of the group as “eco-zealots” and demanded that a “clamp down” be put on “their disruptive nonsense.”

Kevin Foster, a member of the Conservative Party and an MP, has asked Labour to return the money.

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