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MORE than 500 demonstrators have blocked roads and branded world leaders “liars” as Extinction Rebellion mount a protest near the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Supporters of the climate activist group gathered in St Ives as leaders kicked off the three-day G7 summit in Carbis Bay.

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11Extinction Rebellion supporters marched through the centre of St IvesCredit: AP 11Members of 'Blackbirds XR' got dressed up to stage their protestCredit: Getty 11Supporters gathered outside St Ives' leisure centre before staging their demonstrationCredit: AP 11Other demonstrators got dressed up in green robes to make their pointCredit: PA

Members of Extinction Rebellion gave speeches in the town’s leisure centre before taking to the streets.

Members of the group said they were there to represent the threat to seas and wildlife if more decisive action is not taken to combat climate change.

Others were wearing XR's famous symbol as patches on their clothes.

Flags could also be seen which said "G7 drowning in promises" and "Action not words".

The members then led a procession through St Ives.

11Chants of 'act now' could be heardCredit: AP 11More than 500 people are said to have taken partCredit: PA 11Demonstrators held a noisy but peaceful protestCredit: Solent

The colourful procession through St Ives was accompanied by police officers.

Activists drummed a continuous beat along with chants of "act now" and "sound the alarm".

Several local residents came outside of their homes to watch the procession.

They could be seen filming it on their phones and taking pictures.

Devon and Cornwall Police said in a Twitter message they were monitoring the situation and warned locals to expect delays in the area, particularly the town centre.

Some demonstrators also held a silent protest while others gathered on the town's beach putting on cardboard cut outs of the faces of the world leaders.

11Protestors gathered on the beach dressed up as world leadersCredit: Getty 11Protestors carry an eye-catching banner as part of the demoCredit: Solent

Olympic sailor Laura Baldwin, 41, also took part in the protests as a member of Ocean Rebellion - Extinction Rebellion's ocean-focused campaign group.

"I'm down here for the duration of the summit, I learnt about the climate emergency in January 2019 and I've not been able to focus on anything since," she told PA.

"I've absorbed and understood the dire warnings of the world-leading scientists, academics and David Attenborough. I'm the mother of an eight-year-old son and there's constant contradictions of their words with their actions. As a result I'm terrified for the future of my child and all our children.

"I think it's wonderful to see so many people coming here today in creative ways."

11Extinction Rebellion supporters put on a theatrical displayCredit: Getty 11Some went to elaborate lengths to get their views noticedCredit: Getty

Ms Baldwin added she was more worried about the state of the planet than any competition she has undertaken as an Olympian.

She said: "I'm part of Ocean Rebellion because I'm an Olympic sailor and the ocean is where my heart is. I love the water and respect it."

The environmental group has managed to grab the headlines in the past with colourful and often wacky demonstrations such as gluing themselves to roads and tubes to disrupt transport.

However many of their protests have been highly controversial with many complaining about their methods of demonstrating.

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In September last year the group blockaded newspaper print works across the country, disrupting the distribution of national newspapers.

The action brought condemnation from the Home Secretary Priti Patel who dubbed their activities as “guerrilla tactics” and added those involved should “face the full force of the law”.

Leaders of the G7 countries have gathered in Cornwall for talks where they are expected to discuss a number of issues including a global response to the coronavirus, environmental concerns and economic strategy, amongst others.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis BEATS Trump in straw poll for 2024 presidential candidates at conservative summit

Conservative Republicans named Ron DeSantis as their top choice for their next presidential nominee, giving the Florida governor their seal of approval over Donald Trump.

DeSantis led a straw poll of presidential contenders with 75% to Trump's 72%. The unscientific poll was conducted online by the Western Conservative Summit, an annual gathering of conservative voters. 

Organizers at the summit, which was hosted by Colorado Christian University's Centennial Institute, asked both in-person and online attendees to make their top 2024 picks among 31 choices, which consisted of leading Republican names and a smattering of Democrats, including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama.

DeSantis, who's political star is on the rise, came out on top and former Vice President Mike Pence, who was known for his strong conservative support, came in near the bottom of the GOP choices, even trailing Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the former president. 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in third with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in fourth.

Conservative Republicans at Western Conservative Summit picked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as their top pick for the 2024 presidential race

It remains early in the presidential process as both parties focus on next year's midterm election. No GOP White House contender has formally announced and even former President Trump has played coy about whether he will seek a second term. 

But, in June, Trump told Fox News that if he did run again he would consider putting DeSantis on the ticket over Pence.

'Sure I would … I would certainly consider Ron,' Trump told Fox Business' Stuart Varney.

'I know him very well. He's a great guy,' Trump said. 

The Western Conservative Summit, billed as the largest gathering of conservatives outside Washington, D.C., has conducted straw polls for president since 2010.  Herman Cain won the first straw poll in 2011, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in 2012 and Cruz in 2013. Ben Carson topped the poll in 2014 and 2015. 

None of the presidential contenders addressed this year's summit.

DeSantis is a first-term governor and a close Trump ally. Trump endorsed his gubernatorial campaign and hosts him frequently at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach.  

DeSantis became a national figure during the COVID pandemic when he won praise from conservatives for his resistance to COVID lockdowns and other restrictive measures - even, at times, against the advice of health officials. 

He called Florida an 'oasis of freedom' as the pandemic raged. 

He also signed a controversial bill last month that would curb voting access, allowing only Fox News inside to witness the signing.

Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff, told the Washington Examiner he doesn't think DeSantis would challenge the former president.

'Gov. DeSantis won't even — he's asked over and over and over again every time I'm in his presence — he's been asked, "Are you running in 2024?,"' he noted.

'His answer has been consistent: He is running for reelection for governor of the state that not only he loves, but one that is, quite frankly, well run because of his leadership,' he said. 

DeSantis is up for a second term as governor in 2022 and has remained coy about any presidential ambitions as he keeps his focus on that contest. 

Democrats are already using the 2024 reports against him, arguing to Florida voters that, if they give DeSantis a second term, he will immediately pivot to a White House race.  

Former President Donald Trump came in second to DeSantis among the group of conservative voters; Trump returns to campaign trail on Saturday with a rally in Ohio

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The Florida governor came in second to Trump in late February at a straw poll at CPAC, the largest gathering of conservative activists in the country. He won a second straw poll that didn't include the former president.  

Trump, meanwhile, is returning to the campaign trail. 

He'll hold a rally in Ohio on Saturday in support of his former White House aide Max Miller, who is running a primary campaign against Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, one of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the January 6th insurrection. 

Pompeo and Pence also have been on the GOP speaking and fundraising circuit as they weigh their 2024 options. 

Pence was booed and called a 'traitor' at the conservative Faith & Freedom Coalition event in Orlando on Friday.

'It is great to be back with so many patriots. Dedicated to faith and freedom and the road to the majority,' Pence said at the 'Road to Majority'-themed event. 

As he began thanking Ralph Reed, the head of the Faith & Freedom coalition, he was met with boos and people loudly shouting 'traitor!' 

Pence and Trump had a falling out when Trump, in the lead up to the January 6th certification of the 2020 presidential results, pressured Pence to try and stop Joe Biden's victory. Pence, who had no constitutional authority to do what Trump requested, refused to entertain the idea. 

Trump railed publicly against his long loyal vice president. The MAGA rioters who stormed the Capitol were heard yelling 'Hang Mike.' 

Former Vice President Mike Pence was booed and called a 'traitor' by audience members attending the Faith and Freedom coalition 'Road to Majority' event in Orlando, Florida 

Earlier this month, Pence tried to argue that he was still on Trump's good side telling an audience at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire that he'd spoken to Trump 'many times' since they left office. 

He admitted, however, that they do not 'see eye-to-eye' on the January 6 insurrection. 

'But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years,' Pence said. 'And I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans,' he added. 

He told the audience that he 'learned a lot serving alongside President Donald Trump.' 

'Some people think we're a little bit different,' the ex-veep said. 'But I think what President Trump showed us was what Republicans can accomplish when our leaders stand firm on conservative principles and don't back down.' 

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