Leeds MP Hilary Benn backs Pickles proposals on right to record and film council meetings

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Leeds MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hilary Benn has given Labour’s backing to government proposals that councils in England should allow the recording and videoing of council and committee meetings.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Benn said it was to be welcomed that a new generation of bloggers is relating to politics in a different way.

“We will support … the proposal that councils in England should allow the recording and videoing of council and committee meetings. In this day and age, big changes in technology make recording and videoing readily possible, and I cannot see the difference between sitting in a meeting, listening and writing down what is being said, or—for those who have shorthand—taking a verbatim record, and making one’s own recording,” he said.

Leeds City Council decided yesterday to stick to its current position – of not allowing videoing…

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