MP questions police actions

SERIOUS QUESTIONS: Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas

SERIOUS QUESTIONS: Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas

First published in News

AN MP has said police surveillance of a peaceful protester through Facebook raises serious questions.

Brighton digital marketer Beth Granter had been contacted by Sussex Police about events they thought she had organised for the Pride weekend after trawling through her Facebook page.

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas has raised the issue as a matter of urgency with Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council.

She said: “This year’s Pride was fantastic and by and large the police did a great job over the weekend. However, I am deeply concerned about both the manner and the substance of the approach that was made to Beth.

“She has made it quite clear that she's not been involved with organising the event and the information linking her to it appears to be - at best - highly tenuous.

“It also raises serious questions regarding the level of surveillance and scrutiny experienced by those who have previously been involved, in any way, in peaceful political events.”

Sussex Police defended the move as a routine measure designed to ensure privately-organised events do not get out of control.

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11:14am Wed 6 Aug 14

stevensavage says...

we live in a decent country and if it takes the police to sniff through social network sites to keep me safe,then i have no problem at all with this.if they didnt do this and something serious happened then it would be why werent the police aware this was happening. damned if they do and damned if they dont. keep me safe
we live in a decent country and if it takes the police to sniff through social network sites to keep me safe,then i have no problem at all with this.if they didnt do this and something serious happened then it would be why werent the police aware this was happening. damned if they do and damned if they dont. keep me safe stevensavage
  • Score: 3

11:22am Wed 6 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Another reminder of how stupid this Lucas woman is.

The Bacefook page is there for all to read. The question of 'surveillance' doesn't arise.

The police offered advice....nothing more, nothing less.
Another reminder of how stupid this Lucas woman is. The Bacefook page is there for all to read. The question of 'surveillance' doesn't arise. The police offered advice....nothing more, nothing less. stevo!!
  • Score: -248

11:45am Wed 6 Aug 14

Trickee says...

It's really not surveillance though is it dear? She never misses an opportunity to promote herself or bash the police.
It's really not surveillance though is it dear? She never misses an opportunity to promote herself or bash the police. Trickee
  • Score: -146

11:46am Wed 6 Aug 14

Martha Gunn says...

Keep digging Ms. Lucas, keep digging.

And meanwhile could you get your acolytes on the Council to do something about the rubbish?
Keep digging Ms. Lucas, keep digging. And meanwhile could you get your acolytes on the Council to do something about the rubbish? Martha Gunn
  • Score: 66

12:18pm Wed 6 Aug 14

RootyRoo says...

This woman is vile. She reminds me of a piece of £&@£ underneath my shoe that I can't seem to get rid of.
This woman is vile. She reminds me of a piece of £&@£ underneath my shoe that I can't seem to get rid of. RootyRoo
  • Score: -131

12:18pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Alison Smith says...

Don't have a Facebook Page if you don't want people to look at it.
Don't have a Facebook Page if you don't want people to look at it. Alison Smith
  • Score: -102

1:15pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

Facebook is in the public domain, if you list an event on there and the police find it, then so what? They are doing their job, in trying to keep the public safe, so what is this pathetic woman on about?

Jog on Lucas, do us all a favour
Facebook is in the public domain, if you list an event on there and the police find it, then so what? They are doing their job, in trying to keep the public safe, so what is this pathetic woman on about? Jog on Lucas, do us all a favour Mrbrightside1
  • Score: -89

3:43pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Wide Bertha says...

Hey Caroline, who are the 4 who have been found with their noses in the backhander trough over at the Housing department ? You are the MP, the green party is the local council... answers please.
Hey Caroline, who are the 4 who have been found with their noses in the backhander trough over at the Housing department ? You are the MP, the green party is the local council... answers please. Wide Bertha
  • Score: 10

4:29pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Man of steel says...

Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?
Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician? Man of steel
  • Score: 14

4:48pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Atticus says...

Wide Bertha wrote:
Hey Caroline, who are the 4 who have been found with their noses in the backhander trough over at the Housing department ? You are the MP, the green party is the local council... answers please.
Do you understand the link between civil servants and an incumbent party?
[quote][p][bold]Wide Bertha[/bold] wrote: Hey Caroline, who are the 4 who have been found with their noses in the backhander trough over at the Housing department ? You are the MP, the green party is the local council... answers please.[/p][/quote]Do you understand the link between civil servants and an incumbent party? Atticus
  • Score: -1

4:48pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Martha Gunn says...

Well Ms Lucas looks like your chums on the Council should have been applying rather more surveillance over in the Housing Department.

Will political heads roll for this incompetence?

I doubt it.
Well Ms Lucas looks like your chums on the Council should have been applying rather more surveillance over in the Housing Department. Will political heads roll for this incompetence? I doubt it. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 5

5:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Hoarder12345444 says...

stevensavage wrote:
we live in a decent country and if it takes the police to sniff through social network sites to keep me safe,then i have no problem at all with this.if they didnt do this and something serious happened then it would be why werent the police aware this was happening. damned if they do and damned if they dont. keep me safe
Yeah I agree, I have nothing to hide and they are public internet pages anyway.
[quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: we live in a decent country and if it takes the police to sniff through social network sites to keep me safe,then i have no problem at all with this.if they didnt do this and something serious happened then it would be why werent the police aware this was happening. damned if they do and damned if they dont. keep me safe[/p][/quote]Yeah I agree, I have nothing to hide and they are public internet pages anyway. Hoarder12345444
  • Score: 7

5:17pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Cyril Bolleaux says...

Man of steel wrote:
Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?
I agree - some very dodgy results recently.
[quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?[/p][/quote]I agree - some very dodgy results recently. Cyril Bolleaux
  • Score: 1

6:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

RootyRoo says...

Cyril Bolleaux wrote:
Man of steel wrote:
Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?
I agree - some very dodgy results recently.
Definately some suspicious activity going on. I was on 29 earlier, 10 mins later it jumped to -133. I'm sure there isn't 133 supporters of Caroline lucas in the whole of the uk let alone the Brighton & Hove area.
[quote][p][bold]Cyril Bolleaux[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?[/p][/quote]I agree - some very dodgy results recently.[/p][/quote]Definately some suspicious activity going on. I was on 29 earlier, 10 mins later it jumped to -133. I'm sure there isn't 133 supporters of Caroline lucas in the whole of the uk let alone the Brighton & Hove area. RootyRoo
  • Score: 5

7:21pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Man of steel says...

RootyRoo wrote:
Cyril Bolleaux wrote:
Man of steel wrote:
Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?
I agree - some very dodgy results recently.
Definately some suspicious activity going on. I was on 29 earlier, 10 mins later it jumped to -133. I'm sure there isn't 133 supporters of Caroline lucas in the whole of the uk let alone the Brighton & Hove area.
I emailed the editor at 17:40 with this very question, I have not had a reply, I'm not holding my breath.
[quote][p][bold]RootyRoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyril Bolleaux[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?[/p][/quote]I agree - some very dodgy results recently.[/p][/quote]Definately some suspicious activity going on. I was on 29 earlier, 10 mins later it jumped to -133. I'm sure there isn't 133 supporters of Caroline lucas in the whole of the uk let alone the Brighton & Hove area.[/p][/quote]I emailed the editor at 17:40 with this very question, I have not had a reply, I'm not holding my breath. Man of steel
  • Score: 3

8:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Man of steel wrote:
Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?
My 'highest' score!!


Green supporters, no doubt ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?[/p][/quote]My 'highest' score!! Green supporters, no doubt ;-) stevo!!
  • Score: -19

8:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

I was enjoying Pride parade on Saturday until I saw Lucas' fizzog (face) then I had to turn away I felt so sick. Now I shall await the insult from HJarrs. (as if it bothers me what HJarrs thinks)
I was enjoying Pride parade on Saturday until I saw Lucas' fizzog (face) then I had to turn away I felt so sick. Now I shall await the insult from HJarrs. (as if it bothers me what HJarrs thinks) NickBrt
  • Score: 1

9:20pm Wed 6 Aug 14

hursthill says...

Lucas does not look well.
Shame.
Lucas does not look well. Shame. hursthill
  • Score: 1

9:58pm Wed 6 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

NickBrt wrote:
I was enjoying Pride parade on Saturday until I saw Lucas' fizzog (face) then I had to turn away I felt so sick. Now I shall await the insult from HJarrs. (as if it bothers me what HJarrs thinks)
Clearly it does bother you what I post or you would not mention it.
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: I was enjoying Pride parade on Saturday until I saw Lucas' fizzog (face) then I had to turn away I felt so sick. Now I shall await the insult from HJarrs. (as if it bothers me what HJarrs thinks)[/p][/quote]Clearly it does bother you what I post or you would not mention it. HJarrs
  • Score: 1

10:26pm Wed 6 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

HJarrs wrote:
NickBrt wrote:
I was enjoying Pride parade on Saturday until I saw Lucas' fizzog (face) then I had to turn away I felt so sick. Now I shall await the insult from HJarrs. (as if it bothers me what HJarrs thinks)
Clearly it does bother you what I post or you would not mention it.
No, he didn't say that your opinion bothers him......he said he was waiting for your insult.

Massive difference, but not massive enough for some, apparently.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: I was enjoying Pride parade on Saturday until I saw Lucas' fizzog (face) then I had to turn away I felt so sick. Now I shall await the insult from HJarrs. (as if it bothers me what HJarrs thinks)[/p][/quote]Clearly it does bother you what I post or you would not mention it.[/p][/quote]No, he didn't say that your opinion bothers him......he said he was waiting for your insult. Massive difference, but not massive enough for some, apparently. stevo!!
  • Score: -10

12:57pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Voice of Brighton says...

Man of steel wrote:
Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?
Very odd.

It's understandable to see Stevo with such low scores as everybody else on here hates him and his bigoted views but not sure why everybody else is getting such crazy scores. Weird.
[quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: Where are all of these massive votes coming from, has the Argus been hit by a facebook technician?[/p][/quote]Very odd. It's understandable to see Stevo with such low scores as everybody else on here hates him and his bigoted views but not sure why everybody else is getting such crazy scores. Weird. Voice of Brighton
  • Score: 10

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