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Mitchell to lobby Home Office

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Austin Mitchell MPGreat 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.

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Written by curly

April 14, 2008 at 10:13 am

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  1. i grew up in north shields – we had to go to gosforth on the metro and nick their bikes before we could roam all over the place on them …

    simply wondered

    April 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm

  2. Go out in a burka and take photo’s I bet you wont get stopped

    I albion

    April 15, 2008 at 2:42 pm

  3. Hi Curly,
    Have you read this?
    http://fotdmike.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/terrorists-field/ stopped for taking photos of a field!

    LifeSpy

    April 15, 2008 at 11:54 pm

  4. LifeSpy

    April 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm

  5. Thanks for the shout, I’ve just had a call from a BBC chap wanting me to get down to London for the Breakfast show tomorrow morning, but I’m afraid it’s all rather short notice.

    curly

    April 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm


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