More than 100 people evicted from town hall meeting over filming row

Darlington and Stockton Times: The scene outside Middlesbrough Town Hall tonight The scene outside Middlesbrough Town Hall tonight

EVERYONE attending Middlesbrough Council AGM was evicted from the meeting tonight after a member of the public refused to stop filming proceedings.

Councillor Bob Kerr, who had only been appointed council chairman five minutes earlier, evicted everyone from the town hall council chamber at 7.10pm and told them to go outside after police officers were unable to persuade the man to comply.

About 100 councillors, staff and press were sent outside.

At 7.40pm everyone, except the man filming, were allowed back into the chamber and the meeting continued.

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10:23pm Wed 14 May 14

cromwell1599 says...

Why was he not allowed to film ? Have Middlesbrough Council sold the film rights to Steven Spielberg ? I thought I'd not seen Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman in anything lately, obviously saving themselves for this.
Why was he not allowed to film ? Have Middlesbrough Council sold the film rights to Steven Spielberg ? I thought I'd not seen Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman in anything lately, obviously saving themselves for this. cromwell1599
  • Score: 27

7:44am Thu 15 May 14

dave3mrr says...

Open Democracy eh. Don't you just love it.
Open Democracy eh. Don't you just love it. dave3mrr
  • Score: 22

8:43am Thu 15 May 14

greenfinger says...

I bet that was as much excitement as that lot have had in ages, pwhoar
I bet that was as much excitement as that lot have had in ages, pwhoar greenfinger
  • Score: 3

9:32am Thu 15 May 14

reasoned view says...

Must be frightened of the real account being presented at a later date, when the corrupt, self serving council have done a U turn
Must be frightened of the real account being presented at a later date, when the corrupt, self serving council have done a U turn reasoned view
  • Score: 16

9:37am Thu 15 May 14

studio says...

cromwell1599 wrote:
Why was he not allowed to film ? Have Middlesbrough Council sold the film rights to Steven Spielberg ? I thought I'd not seen Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman in anything lately, obviously saving themselves for this.
I heard Tarentino was scouting for extra`s at the riverside at the last home game :)
[quote][p][bold]cromwell1599[/bold] wrote: Why was he not allowed to film ? Have Middlesbrough Council sold the film rights to Steven Spielberg ? I thought I'd not seen Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman in anything lately, obviously saving themselves for this.[/p][/quote]I heard Tarentino was scouting for extra`s at the riverside at the last home game :) studio
  • Score: 5

9:43am Thu 15 May 14

JetMorgan says...

IF the 'Council' have done nothing wrong, then THEY have nothing to fear ! Orwell 1984 ! Boro constituents should remember this action at the Local Elections !!!
IF the 'Council' have done nothing wrong, then THEY have nothing to fear ! Orwell 1984 ! Boro constituents should remember this action at the Local Elections !!! JetMorgan
  • Score: 15

9:55am Thu 15 May 14

Smig62 says...

Isn't this action by the council contrary to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014?

Section 40: Access to local government meetings and documents

"(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for and in connection with allowing persons—

(a) to film, photograph or make sound recordings of proceedings at a meeting of a body to which this section applies, or of a committee or sub-committee of such a body;"

Bloggers appear to have the legal right to film council meetings

https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/news/new-p
ress-freedom-law-to-
open-up-town-halls

This begs the question, what have MIddlesbrough Council got to hide?
Isn't this action by the council contrary to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014? Section 40: Access to local government meetings and documents "(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for and in connection with allowing persons— (a) to film, photograph or make sound recordings of proceedings at a meeting of a body to which this section applies, or of a committee or sub-committee of such a body;" Bloggers appear to have the legal right to film council meetings https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/news/new-p ress-freedom-law-to- open-up-town-halls This begs the question, what have MIddlesbrough Council got to hide? Smig62
  • Score: 15

11:40am Thu 15 May 14

conlinjohn@ymail.com says...

If? there's nothing to hide they why not let the people/public film them after we the people elected them, also aren't there CCTV every where in on and around the Town Hall

It's obvious that it was not illegal as he would have been arrested by the Police there and then

Councillor Bob Kerr, who had only been appointed council chairman five minutes earlier, evicted everyone from the town hall council chamber at 7.10pm and told them to go outside after police officers were unable to persuade the man to comply.

Councillor Bob Kerr, who had only been appointed council chairman five minutes earlier. Seems he now thinks he's above the law

he should be investigated and brought to book over this
If? there's nothing to hide they why not let the people/public film them after we the people elected them, also aren't there CCTV every where in on and around the Town Hall It's obvious that it was not illegal as he would have been arrested by the Police there and then Councillor Bob Kerr, who had only been appointed council chairman five minutes earlier, evicted everyone from the town hall council chamber at 7.10pm and told them to go outside after police officers were unable to persuade the man to comply. Councillor Bob Kerr, who had only been appointed council chairman five minutes earlier. Seems he now thinks he's above the law he should be investigated and brought to book over this conlinjohn@ymail.com
  • Score: 15

10:29pm Fri 16 May 14

spragger says...

Now, what have Labour got to hide in the Boro?
Oh Yes . .
Years of waste, incompetence, corruption & wasting taxpayers money

Now you can see why they do not wish to be filmed
Now, what have Labour got to hide in the Boro? Oh Yes . . Years of waste, incompetence, corruption & wasting taxpayers money Now you can see why they do not wish to be filmed spragger
  • Score: 4

7:25pm Sat 17 May 14

pensioner2 says...

And yet there are cctv cameras all over the place filming the general public with out THEIR permission. Whats good for the goose etc etc.. He has every right to film and record a council meeting - for them to ban him makes them suspect of their shady dealings.
And yet there are cctv cameras all over the place filming the general public with out THEIR permission. Whats good for the goose etc etc.. He has every right to film and record a council meeting - for them to ban him makes them suspect of their shady dealings. pensioner2
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Sat 24 May 14

steve_tierney says...

>>Isn't this action by the council contrary to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014?
>>Isn't this action by the council contrary to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014? steve_tierney
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Sat 24 May 14

steve_tierney says...

"Isn't this action by the council contrary to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014?"

No, that Act has not been approved by Parliament yet. At the moment it is only "guidance."

The Council is governed by the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960 which neither approves of, nor bans, filming of public meetings - but leaves it to the Council to decide.

The Chairman was within his rights to ask for the camera to be turned off, though gawd knows why he would want to. Makes the Council look like a relic instead of a forward-thinking constitution.
"Isn't this action by the council contrary to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014?" No, that Act has not been approved by Parliament yet. At the moment it is only "guidance." The Council is governed by the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960 which neither approves of, nor bans, filming of public meetings - but leaves it to the Council to decide. The Chairman was within his rights to ask for the camera to be turned off, though gawd knows why he would want to. Makes the Council look like a relic instead of a forward-thinking constitution. steve_tierney
  • Score: 0

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