Updated: Thursday, 14th November 2019 @ 5:37am

Twitter ban: Stockport councillors could be stopped from tweeting as Conservatives brand it 'disrespectful'

Twitter ban: Stockport councillors could be stopped from tweeting as Conservatives brand it 'disrespectful'

By John Paul Shammas

A bold move from Stockport’s Conservatives could ban council members from taking to Twitter during meetings, branding the practice ‘disrespectful’.

Stockport Council’s Tory group leader Councillor Syd Lloyd suggested at a recent meeting that tweeting is not an appropriate use of communication for members to engage in.

However, Liberal Democrat Cllr Iain Roberts is strongly against any such proposal.

He told MM: “Councillor Lloyd proposed the tweeting ban at a recent meeting as he thought it was disrespectful to other councillors.

“Tweeting certainly isn't for everyone, but I see it as a good way to connect with voters when all too few people have any idea at all what happens at council meetings.”

Since coming into wider use, Twitter has raised all kinds of issues around freedom of expression in the public domain.

Last December a judge gave tweeting in court the go-ahead, but Stockport Council may not be afforded the same privilege.

Cllr Roberts added: “Councillors should be doing more to reach out to our residents, not less.”

Cllr Lloyd stressed that nothing had yet been decided, and that all parties have agreed to defer the matter to a future meeting.

Picture courtest of MDGovpics, with thanks.

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