This is the moment an insulation fitter screamed at Insulate Britain protesters blocking the M25 as he demanded the climate activists let him through to do his job.
Self-employed Tom Watson said the activists were not helping the environment by stopping him from fitting insulation for eco-friendly homes.
He added that the demonstrators, who blocked the M25 for the fifth time in just over a week today, were also ‘taking money out of the pockets of builders’ as they brought the major route’s traffic to a standstill.
Tense scenes of the protesters walking out into moving rush hour traffic brought exasperation again today for motorists using the busy route.
Police said they have arrested 23 people during the protests at a junction near Cobham, at Surrey.
Mr Watson, from Chorleywood, faced delays during yesterday’s protests that brought traffic to a standstill at Hertfordshire.
He said he was collecting materials from Watford when he was delayed by the blockade, which he said cost him around £500 as he missed three hours of work.
The 37-year-old insulation fitter left his van to confront the activists but was held back by police as he screamed at them.
The semi-professional Muay Thai fighter told The Sun : “I just wanted to tell them, “Don’t stop me getting to work and doing my job.
“They’re called Insulate Britain. Well, insulating homes is what I do. How does stopping me doing that job help the environment?
“We all want to do the right thing by the environment but stopping workers fitting insulation ain’t it.”
He added that through his work he helps the country cut down on ‘huge amounts of CO2’ every year.
The dad-of-one said the activists are harming tradesmen who are carrying out the insulation work they are campaigning for.
Mr Watson, who is the WKO European Muay Thai title-holder, insisted he did not want to ‘get physical’ and simply planned to talk to the protesters.
He added that police started pushing him whenever he got near the demonstrators, even though he was ‘doing nothing wrong’.
It comes after a mum was left paralysed from a stroke after the M25 activists delayed her son as he rushed her to hospital.
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Chris, her heartbroken son, said he was forced to watch his mother “slip away” while stuck in standstill traffic for six hours.
Chris told LBC’s Andrew Pierce: “I was caught up for about six hours in traffic. I was doing a mission of mercy to help my mother.”
He said he wanted to drive his mum to the hospital because of ambulance delays.
Tragically, he ended up on the motorway for six hours after Insulate Britain protesters blocked the road.
He said: “I was there with my mother for six hours watching her slip away, and I could do nothing.
“When we got her to the hospital, the doctors said if we were to have gotten to them within 90 minutes, her symptoms, her recovery would have been minimal.
“Because she’d been left to endure a stroke for six hours she’s got complete paralysis now down her left side.”
The carriageways have since reopened after the latest protest outside Surrey on Tuesday morning.
In a statement, published on Twitter, Surrey Police said officers cleared all of the Insulate Britain protesters off of the road and made 23 arrests.
Insulate Britain confirmed they led Tuesday’s demonstration, adding that new people have joined their campaign after similar demonstrations in Hertfordshire, Kent, Essex and Surrey over the past week.
The campaign group added that the recent rise in gas and electricity costs has “increased the urgency” for change and they would end their campaign as soon as they hear a “meaningful commitment” to their demands.
Spokesperson Liam Norton said: “The idea that people would suddenly decide insulating our leaky homes is a bad idea as a result of our campaign is frankly laughable. We are simply asking the Government to get on with the job.
“The people of Britain understand that climate change is a severe threat to everything they hold dear. They are looking to the Government for leadership. We have a practical solution and have received encouragement for our aims from many construction industry professionals.