Mitchell to lobby Home Office
Great Grimsby MP to take photographers with him to Whitehall
I’m pleased to see that Austin Mitchell, the Great Grimsby MP is to lead a lobby of the Home Office, and to include professional and amateur photographers, in his efforts to prevent the police and others from stopping photographers from taking pictures in public places. After my recent problems when taking pictures in South Shields over the Easter weekend, I’d happily support his campaign and hope that the Press Gazette gets fully behind him. Photography is an enriching hobby and and an interesting profession, without the ability to legally take photographs in public places your newspapers would be bland and featureless, as would many websites.
Mr. Mitchell said:
“People have complained about photographers being stopped from taking pictures by police, PCSOs, wardens and by various officious people. People have a right to take photographs and to start interfering with that is crazy. It seems crazy when the streets are festooned with closed-circuit television cameras that the public should be stopped from using cameras.
The proliferation of digital cameras and mobile phones with cameras means that everybody carries a camera these days.”
With a bit of luck a pro-forma type of letter may be produced that we can all use to send to our respective MPs reminding them of Mitchell’s Early Day Motion and urging them to support it.