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Just Stop Oil donor Dale Vince pulls cash and insists more protests are ‘pointless’

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Just Stop Oil donor Dale Vince has announced he will stop funding the eco-group and will now focus on an anti-Conservative campaign.

The Ecotricity founder and Forest Green Rovers owner has donated to both climate activists and Labour, said continued disruption was “pointless” as the government will not change its stance on oil and gas drilling in the North Sea.

Mr Vince will now divert his efforts to a new cause called Just Vote, which encourages young people and first-time voters to exercise their democratic right.

In a statement, Mr Vince said: “It’s a fact of our electoral system that only one of two parties can form the next government; we want to bring a focus to this reality and to the opportunity that we have – to elect a green government, one that will embrace the opportunities we face, rather than make an enemy of them – and use them to tackle the long list of issues we face as a country.”

“While I understand the frustration that people feel, I believe that further protests and the disruption that comes with them are pointless. I would go further and say they would be counterproductive,” he said.

“Consequently, I’m no longer going to fund protest but will instead switch all of my time, effort and funding to a new cause.”

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