Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Persona non grata

Police clearance now required for party conferences?

Councillor Bob Piper the veteran blogger and member of Sandwell District Council bemoans in his blog the difficulties encountered in trying to attend the Labour Party Conference;

"After 30 odd years membership, having held virtually every Branch Labour Party position, having sat on the interminable Constituency Management Committee for over 20 years, and 7 years a Labour councillor... this is what it has come to. Some member of Her Majesty's constabulary is going to decide whether or not I am a fit and proper person to go to Party Conference. Thanks a bunch!"

Curly is interested in knowing, have any members of the Labour Party in South Tyneside encountered similar problems within their "controlled environment", or do similar problems exist for our three Conservative councillors with respect to their conference?

No doubt there will be a one mile "exclusion zone" set up around both venues, all demonstrations will be banned, ice cream sellers and hot dog stands will be searched for signs of terrorist links etc. etc.

What is this country coming too?


Councillor Bob Piper

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