View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

  1. News
March 15, 2011

Bucks Free Press reporter challenges request for him to leave public meeting

By admin

A Bucks Free Press reporter successfully challenged a decision to exclude him from a meeting that discussed a row between two mayors.

Lawrence Dunhill was covering a meeting of High Wycombe’s Charter Trustees, a unique body established to oversee the mayoralty, when leader of Wycombe District Council Lesley Clarke attempted to exclude the public and press when the accounts of the ex-mayor’s charity appeal was brought forward for discussion.

Dunhill did not leave and told the meeting that a reason for the exclusion must be stated and a formal motion passed – other trustees then questioned  if there was a valid reason for barring the press and then allowed the reporter to stay, his paper reported.

The main event of the meeting was an ongoing row between current mayor Jane White and ex-mayor Julie Pritchard, over the accounts of the mayor’s charity appeal as White sought to challenge the accounts filed under the previous mayor.

‘Councillor White says the accounts are ‘incomplete’ with ‘many discrepancies’, and raised her concerns at a meeting of the town’s charter trustees,’The Bucks Free Press reported.

‘But fellow Tory councillor Tony Green, the deputy leader of Wycombe District Council, called the row ‘ludicrous and embarrassing’, telling Cllr White: ‘I’m appalled by your behaviour tonight, you seem to be pursuing a vendetta.

‘The finance committee, by a majority, agreed the accounts and they were accepted.”

Content from our partners
How PA Media is helping newspapers make the digital transition
Publishing on the open web is broken, how generative AI could help fix it
Impress: Regulation, arbitration and complaints resolution

Email pged@pressgazette.co.uk to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network