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The Conservatives have launched a livid assault on the Labour Party after it emerged that quite a few Labour councils have hyperlinks with the animal activist group that defaced King Charles’s portrait immediately.

Animal Rising occupied the Philip Mould gallery in central London, protecting His Majesty’s newly-painted likeness with the cartoon character Wallace from Wallace and Gromit.

The transfer was the most recent artwork assault by a hard-left group lately, starting with Just Stop Oil’s Heinz soup assault on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

This afternoon the Tories accused Labour of “allying” themselves with the extremist eco vandals, because it emerged quite a few Labour councils have a historical past of working with Animal Rising.

Animal Rising runs a marketing campaign known as “plant-based councils”, which calls on native authorities to “take climate action by promoting plant-based eating to their residents and to lead by example with 100% plant-based internal catering”.

It might be revealed that among the many marketing campaign’s self-professed ‘five wins’, 4 of them are Labour-led councils who’ve caved into their plant-munching calls for.

Namely: Norwich, Exeter, Oxford and Cambridge.

In addition, Labour councillors in each Cambridge and Essex are held up as examples for the group.

Councillor Duncan Wood, Labour’s lead councillor for Climate Change on Exeter City Council, is quoted on Animal Rising’s web site as saying: “I’m asking council to play a job in elevating consciousness of the advantages of plant-based meals.”

Councillor Alex Collis, Labour’s deputy leader on Cambridge City Council, similarly praises the impact of Animal Rising’s campaign, saying it can affect “change that has an impact on our environment”.

Ms Collis went further, saying Animal Rising’s plan is “a central part of our commitment to becoming a net zero council”.

In addition to the party’s council links, one of Labour’s most famous donors – eco-warrior Dale Vince – previously said he’d given money to Animal Rising as well as Extinction Rebellion.

Mr Vince, who has given more than £5million to Sir Keir’s party in recent years, told the Guardian last year: “I give money to Extinction Rebellion as well and to Animal Rising, the people that disrupted the Grand National”.

He hasn’t had any further public association with the group since.

This afternoon a Conservative Party source told the Daily Express: “Labour Party politicians are only too happy to ally themselves with the sort of hard-left activists who think it appropriate to target portraits of the Royal Family.

“It just demonstrates that this sort of public vandalism and obstructive protest would only increase under a Keir Starmer government.

“Only the Conservatives have a clear plan to take the bold action needed to stop disruptive protest and keep the public safe.”

However a Labour spokesperson emphatically hit back: “This is outright vandalism and we utterly condemn it”.

Animal Rising has previously called for hardline tactics including “farm occupations”, “mass trespass” and “public facing disruptions”.

31 people linked to Animal Rising were arrested in June last year over plans to “cancel or severely delay” the Epsom Derby, having previously attempted to disrupt the Grand National.

Just last week, Labour-run Calderdale Council’s cabinet also voted to join the campaign to move to a meat-free council, sparking outrage from the Countryside Alliance.

The Countryside Alliance’s Mo Metcalf Fisher warned: “There can by no means be any justification for banning meat and dairy. It represents not solely an assault on our hardworking livestock farmers, however on the very idea of freedom of alternative”.

“Political leaders should reject this nonsense and rally behind our farmers. Red meat produced on this nation is among the many most sustainable on the planet and that is one thing we needs to be pleased with.”