Goldsmith, who represents Richmond Park and North Kingston, was appearing at the festival’s Speakers Forum to talk about austerity and the environment, in a session moderated by BBC journalist Justin Rowlatt.
According to Somerset Live, the event quickly spiralled out of control when protestors carrying a banner reading “Tory policy kills” entered the tent. Goldsmith was subsequently booed throughout the session, despite Rowlatt’s attempts to intervene.
Protestors additionally shouted, “How many disabled people have died?” while expressing their disdain at the MP’s answers to questions.
During the debate, Goldsmith revealed that he supported the protest movement Extinction Rebellion, and that he considered himself a “green MP”. He added: “Not Green Party but green. I don’t want to be too depressing. Because of the school protests, things have changed. I do feel optimism now in a way that I didn’t a few months ago. Every party that wants to get elected should be a green party.”
On Twitter, many in attendance at the event praised Goldsmith’s composure. “[Goldsmith] responding well at an unusually rowdy session”, tweeted the Green Party’s House of Lords representative Jenny Jones.
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