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Richard Madeley has clashed with an Insulate Britain campaigner in a heated debate on today's Good Morning Britain, having asked her what she'd have done if her own mother was having a stroke and was blocked on the road by protestors.
As the group's road blockades continue, climate activist Tracey Mallaghan appeared on the show to discuss Insulate Britain's right to disrupt lives after they asked motorists to drive at 20mph.
In reference to the woman who was unable to get to hospital last week because of the protestors after having a stroke, Madeley asked her: "How would you feel if it had been your mother - if you'd have known that your mother was having a stroke in a car 50 yards behind the blockage, would you have carried on?
Would you have stopped to get her to hospital?"
'How would you feel if that was your mother?'
'Is it because you're heartless or too scared to look at the reality of the situation?'@richardm56 clashes with Insulate Britain campaigner Tracey Mallaghan over the road blocking protests.
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Mallaghan then replied: "Please, anybody, if you know someone having a stroke, phone an ambulance. Right, that's the responsible messaging..."
At this point Madeley tried to cut in to press her for an answer to the question he'd asked, with Mallaghan asking him to let her finish.
She continued: "So phone an ambulance, that's the responsible messaging.
"If it was my mum, of course at the time I would be furious and heartbroken, but when you then go home you have to look at the reality: three-to-four years to save the future of humanity.
"Do you know what that means for my children?"
When Madeley pressed her again, asking if she'd 'allow your own mother to have a near-fatal stroke', Mallaghan repeated: "Three-to-four years before my kids face an unimaginable future, Richard.
"You're not asking the right question [...] Is it because you're heartless or too scared to look at the reality of our situation? I'm genuinely perplexed why journalists are not asking the right questions here."
At another point in the interview, Madeley asked how she'd feel if someone died on the M25 today 'as a direct result of these protests'.
Mallaghan said she would 'cry', adding: "I hate it. I hate disrupting people. I hate it, Richard. But what I hate more is that I can't get into a space and have a serious conversation about what our children face."
Many viewers took to Twitter to join in the debate, with one writing: "I wish she would answer the question being asked by @richardm56 about someone she loved needing an ambulance. It's a question a lot of us have."
Others found the exchange hilarious, having heard when Mallaghan said she'd get the money to insulate houses from 'people going up to space in rockets shaped like d***s'.
One viewer tweeted: "Absolute crackpot but TV comedy gold. Insulate Britain you could really do with a new spokesperson #GMB"
Another said: "That's made my day ... 'stop sending rockets into space the shape of d***s' #GMB."
Others noted how Mallaghan called Madeley 'sweetheart' after he called her 'darling' - then apologising for using the word, brushing it off as 'showbiz speak'.
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