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Anti airport expansion protester throws green custard at Mandelson

Fri, 06 Mar, 2009

A protestor from Plane Stupid has thrown green custard over the business secretary.

Leila Deen emptied the cornflower paste, which had green dye mixed into it, over Peter Mandelson as a form of protest over the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

She complained to Sky News that it was unethical for him to be attending a low-carbon strategy conference while supporting the airport expansion and said the only green thing about him "is the slime coursing through his veins".

Lord Mandelson commented afterwards to the news broadcaster: "She was so busy throwing what seemed like green soup or something in my face that she failed to tell me what the protest was about."

Last week, Liberal Democrat MP Susan Kramer tabled a ten minute bill to make MPs have to vote through any major expansion of airports.

The bill succeeded and will now go on to the next stage, a full bill.

Joe Evans

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