The wife of the road boss in charge of traffic flow is an Insulate Britain protester who was arrested for blocking the M25.


AN Insulate Britain protester nicked for blocking the M25 is married to a road boss responsible for traffic flow.

Cathy Eastburn, 54, vowed to unleash hell on drivers but shares a £1.5million home with TfL’s Benedict Plowden.

The bizarre arrangement was called “staggeringly inappropriate”, with the Transport for London chief, 58, also accused of harbouring extremists.

His activist wife has been arrested several times during M25 blockades for Insulate Britain, which were last week the subject of a High Court injunction by TfL.

One driver who confronted the protesters said last night: “I wouldn’t like to comment on what their dinner conversation is like at the moment.”

Cambridge philosophy graduate Ms Eastburn is one of Britain’s most prolific climate activists and has been nicked on multiple occasions.

In 2019, the sound therapist and professional musician was arrested twice in London protesting for Extinction Rebellion — gluing herself to a hotel and a DLR train.

Her first known involvement in the Insulate Britain protests was on September 15 when she was pictured on the M25 near Dartford.

Injunction papers show she was arrested two days later, for another M25 protest.

On September 21 she was snapped glued to the road on the M25 near Cobham, Surrey, and was arrested again days later for a similar stunt at the Heathrow junction.

One furious woman got out of her car to tell her group: “I’ve got to feed my kids now. I need my money now, to feed my kids, but you don’t get that. You don’t get it.

“If you did, you wouldn’t be blocking normal people like me, trying to get to work to feed my kids. You’re ridiculous.”

Ms Eastburn bragged last month how she had been arrested four times protesting for Insulate Britain – but had not been quizzed once.

The mum to two girls aged 17 and 21 also whined online: “I am exhausted after three weeks of nonviolent civil disobedience.”

Her out-of-office reply to emails boasts: “If you’re reading this, it is because I have been arrested and possibly put in prison on remand.”

Insulate Britain activists have also brought traffic to a standstill at the Blackwall Tunnel and Wandsworth Bridge – right in the middle of TfL’s heartland.

Ms Eastburn has allowed fellow activist David McKenny, 38, to stay at the £1.5million home she shares with her husband in South London.

She and McKenny have pledged to “unleash hell” on innocent drivers in the run up to next month’s COP26 climate summit with yet more blockades of key roads and motorways.

Their domestic arrangement was last night blasted by Tory MP Greg Smith, who sits on the transport select committee.

He told the… Brinkwire Brief News.


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