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Sep
2016
Friday 30th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

GREEN Party Councillor Scott Ainslie accused Lambeth Council yesterday of reducing access to public meetings following an increase in security measures.
Mr Ainslie asked the council to reconsider plans to search bags of people participating in meetings of the council, cabinet, planning and overview and scrutiny committees and to force members of the public to sign an attendance record.
The cabinet will also begin meeting two hours earlier, at 5pm, and is reportedly considering changes to the venues for its meetings.
Lambeth Council defended the changes as needed to ensure “security,” following protests at several meetings earlier this year.
Mr Ainslie rebuffed the claim, saying: “Lambeth’s failing leadership is doing its best to spin these events and paint ordinary members of the public as violent, extremist thugs, when nothing could be further from the truth.
“Green Party members and officers who have been present have only ever witnessed understandable fear and despair from people whose homes and services are being swept from under them.”




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