OXFORD West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran today welcomed 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg to Parliament.

The Swedish teen, who has been nominated for a Nobel Prize after spearheading the 'school strike movement', met a number of British politicians in Westminster.


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MPs Caroline Lucas and Ed Miliband joined Ms Moran and the Speaker John Bercow in meeting the 'inspirational and driven' Greta to discuss the role of young people in activism, the climate strikes and Extinction Rebellion.

The Lib Dem MP has been outspoken about climate change, but reversed her support for the school strikes after Oxford's first demonstration, saying that pupils should not have to make their voices heard twice.

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Speaking after the meeting today, Ms Moran said: “I was delighted to meet with Greta today – she is such an inspiration and so driven. My call today to my fellow Parliamentarians is to heed her message and start by declaring that the UK is in a state of national climate emergency.

“I will work across party lines, as the Lib Dems have worked locally with the Green Party in Oxfordshire, to combat climate change.

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“Greta has inspired and continues to inspire me on this issue.”

Greta was applauded by MPs in Parliament today and told them: “This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind.”

She later met the Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, but 'empty chaired' the prime minister, Theresa May.