Meanwhile, Yorkshire-based climate campaigners decamped to the London office of mid-market GP Bridgepoint to make clear their objection to any expansion of Leeds-Bradford airport, which Bridgepoint acquired for £146 million (€214 million; $297 million) in May this year.
A report on independent news website Indymedia by someone known as “mini mouse” described how, having entered Bridgepoint's premises, “three banners were unfurled in the windows, the outside of which were liberally covered with flyers explaining the occupation”.
The report continued: “Workers arriving for the day were offered Yorkshire puddings and engaged in conversation, explaining the science of climate change and reasoning why Leeds airport – and all the others – shouldn't be expanded”.
Bridgepoint spokesman James Murray gamely ventured down to reception, where he was presented with a white rose (the Yorkshire emblem) and Yorkshire pudding. The protesters asked whether Bridgepoint would sell the airport and turn it into an eco-park. It was explained that this exit was not part of the investment thesis.
According to the report, a “souvenir snap” was taken before the protestors peacefully vacated the building. “To his credit,” the report concluded, “director Murray took his pudding upstairs with him”.
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