ENVIRONMENTAL activists targeted the Barrow MP’s office in protest at his voting record.

Members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) Furness stuck posters on the windows of Simon Fell’s Cavendish Street headquarters with messages like ‘Furness is Watching’.

The action was part of a series of XR actions taking place yesterday, including a blockade of streets around Parliament in a bid to return climate change to the top of the political agenda as MPs returned from holiday. A number of XR Furness members are understood to have taken part in the major London action yesterday.

The Furness group said their protest was intended to draw attention to what they say is the Government’s ‘failure to adequately protect people against the climate crisis and social injustices’.

A spokesperson for the group said the Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness had a ‘shocking voting record’ on a wide range of social justice and environmental issues - including child refugees, food standards and measures to prevent climate change.

Mr Fell did however list climate change as one of his priorities upon winning the Furness seat at the December general election.

“Full details of Mr Fell’s voting record can be found at www.theyworkforyou.com,” said the spokesperson.

“Mr Fell has already publicly expressed his acceptance that large areas of Walney will be below sea level by 2050, yet he refuses to side with rebel party members who want to lobby the government to act sooner to save our homes.

“We ask him to follow Barrow Borough Council’s approach to tackling the climate and social crisis we face and their far more ambitious net zero target of 2037.

“Meanwhile we will continue to encourage communities to grow so that they may be able to withstand the effects of the climate emergency.”

Commenting on the protest at his office, Mr Fell said: “It was very nice of them to pop by, but perhaps it would have been more productive if they’d have actually tried to call or email me, rather than just leave a pile of paper rubbish behind for me to put into recycling.”