Big Ben sprayed with paint and Westminster roads blocked by protesters ahead of Liz Truss' first PMQs

Big Ben has been sprayed with white paint, intended to symbolise fake milk, by Animal Rebellion protesters

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Prime Minister Liz Truss' first full day in office has been disrupted by protesters in Westminster.

Big Ben has been sprayed with white paint and a specially-adapted bus pulled up outside the Home Office.

A group of nine individuals are said to have entered the road junction at Parliament Street, blocking the junction and pouring white paint onto the road.

Two members of the group also used modified fire extinguishers to spray Big Ben.

The protesters are part of Animal Rebellion, who say they have targeted Ms Truss to "force her into negotiation for their demands".

Protesters have sprayed paint in Westminster
Protesters have sprayed paint in Westminster
Animal Rebellion are campaigning for a 'plant-based future'
Animal Rebellion are campaigning for a 'plant-based future'

The group is also calling on the new DEFRA minister, Ranil Jayawardena, to use his new position and implement a "plant-based future".

Andrew Howard, a retired firefighter from Sheffield, said: “Today’s action is a direct challenge to Prime Minister Liz Truss.

"We are calling on her to make the drastic changes that we know need to happen in order to combat the cost-of-living, climate, and ecological crises we are facing.”

Earlier on Wednesday, police surrounded a bus as it pulled up outside the Home Office and refused to move for 20 minutes.

A bus pulled up outside the Home Office on Wednesday
A bus pulled up outside the Home Office on Wednesday

It came as Home Secretary Suella Braverman prepared to arrive at her new offices after this morning’s Cabinet meeting.

The converted bus has been made to look like a campaign vehicle with an image of Liz Truss on the side and slogans calling for a People’s Assembly.

The protesters are linked to the same group which caused a security breach at the Palace of Westminster last Friday, when they glued themselves together in the Commons chamber and padlocked themselves to the railings outside Parliament.

The bus has now moved on but police are on high alert for the possibility of sporadic protests throughout the day.

Ms Truss faces her first session of Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.

She will face Labour's Sir Keir Starmer in the House of Commons for the first time and is expected to continue with her Cabinet reshuffle.

The former Foreign Secretary held her debut meeting of her new-look Cabinet in the morning, as ministers seek to finish an emergency package to ease the cost-of-living crisis.