Caroline Lucas says she has returned Brighton pebble

Caroline Lucas says she has returned Brighton pebble

Caroline Lucas says she has returned Brighton pebble

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It was meant to be a touching tribute from Brighton’s first Green MP to her new constituents.

But Caroline Lucas’ decision to affirm her allegiance to the Queen clutching a pebble from Brighton beach brought her close to a brush with the law, The Argus can reveal.

Taking stones and shells, which form an integral part of the city’s sea defences, from the beach is illegal Brighton and Hove City Council has confirmed.

It means the Brighton Pavilion MP, she joined dozens of new MPs in fulfilling their legal requirement to swear oaths or affirm allegiances in the Commons chamber on Thursday, may have broken the law on her first day as a law maker.

Fortunately for Dr Lucas, who says she has since returned the pebble to its rightful place, the authorities are unlikely to pursue the matter.

A city council spokesman said: “Technically it’s illegal to remove pebbles from Brighton beach but while our seafront officers are instructed to report anyone taking large quantities of pebbles to the police they are unlikely to report visitors taking a single pebble home to remember their visit.”

In 2003 the council held an amnesty, promising not to prosecute anyone who returned stones, shells or larger items to Brighton beach.

The council spokesman added: “Visitors to Brighton and Hove will always want to take a memento home with them and for some this is a pebble or sea shell from the beach and on the face of it this seems relatively harmless. However the problem is that the city has a perpetual sea defence problem and pebbles play their part in protecting the seafront.”

Dr Lucas said yesterday: “During my affirmation I held the pebble to symbolise the fact that the concerns and interests of Brighton Pavilion will be my key priority. People can rest assured that I’ve since taken the pebble back so there is no need to worry.”

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3:17pm Sat 22 May 10

Kevin1978 says...

Since I was born here and come from generations of Brightonians I'll take from the beach anything I want, Lucas. Take that back to your London home sweetheart.
Since I was born here and come from generations of Brightonians I'll take from the beach anything I want, Lucas. Take that back to your London home sweetheart. Kevin1978
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3:56pm Sat 22 May 10

monty sidewinder says...

''In 2003 the council held an amnesty, promising not to prosecute anyone who returned stones, shells or larger items to Brighton beach. '' like anybody really thought, oh, i'd better take those pebbles back that are on my bookshelf! only btn council could come up with a pebble amnesty! and what would you describe as a 'larger item from the beach? a bumber car? they've all dissapeared or maybe someone took home a whole breakwater and used it in thier garden as a retaining wall for a rockery!
''In 2003 the council held an amnesty, promising not to prosecute anyone who returned stones, shells or larger items to Brighton beach. '' like anybody really thought, oh, i'd better take those pebbles back that are on my bookshelf! only btn council could come up with a pebble amnesty! and what would you describe as a 'larger item from the beach? a bumber car? they've all dissapeared or maybe someone took home a whole breakwater and used it in thier garden as a retaining wall for a rockery! monty sidewinder
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4:00pm Sat 22 May 10

yorkie44 says...

It is the rubbish on the beach we should be concerned about - not pebbles!
It is the rubbish on the beach we should be concerned about - not pebbles! yorkie44
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5:13pm Sat 22 May 10

The Brighton Bear says...

Lock this criminal up!
Lock this criminal up! The Brighton Bear
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Sat 22 May 10

Old Dog says...

Own goal Brighton. You will elect the barmy!
Own goal Brighton. You will elect the barmy! Old Dog
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5:45pm Sat 22 May 10

iisasambo says...

what an absolute dinlo.
what an absolute dinlo. iisasambo
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5:47pm Sat 22 May 10

Gaz the great says...

Please lock this woman up for her and our peace of mind.
Please lock this woman up for her and our peace of mind. Gaz the great
  • Score: 0

5:58pm Sat 22 May 10

Angryoldman says...

I must have broke the law too.
I found a small stone in the crack of my buttocks after swimming in the sea near Brighton Pier.
I do beleive the stolen item is somewhere in my home. I expect the police will storm my home in a dawn raid and arrest me under the terrorist act,
I wouldnt putit past them. It must be like a scene from the mad hatters tea party at Brighton Council meetings. In fact it is worse. Pathetic story! Will the pebble be given counselling as it may have developed abandonment issue's.
I must have broke the law too. I found a small stone in the crack of my buttocks after swimming in the sea near Brighton Pier. I do beleive the stolen item is somewhere in my home. I expect the police will storm my home in a dawn raid and arrest me under the terrorist act, I wouldnt putit past them. It must be like a scene from the mad hatters tea party at Brighton Council meetings. In fact it is worse. Pathetic story! Will the pebble be given counselling as it may have developed abandonment issue's. Angryoldman
  • Score: 0

8:27pm Sat 22 May 10

strange fish says...

Angryoldman I wouldnt be suprised if Brighton and Hove council actualy planted them pebbles in your crack in an overt and blatant attempt at entrapment.
I think you should consider legal action.
Its an outrage.
Angryoldman I wouldnt be suprised if Brighton and Hove council actualy planted them pebbles in your crack in an overt and blatant attempt at entrapment. I think you should consider legal action. Its an outrage. strange fish
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Sat 22 May 10

gmgc81 says...

They should arrest the English Channel next. It's going to pick up those pebbles and shift them to another beach along the coast. Larceny of the nth degree!
They should arrest the English Channel next. It's going to pick up those pebbles and shift them to another beach along the coast. Larceny of the nth degree! gmgc81
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Sat 22 May 10

Living in the real world says...

No one cares what this fringe nutter does or doesn't do whilst riding the gravy train, move on....
No one cares what this fringe nutter does or doesn't do whilst riding the gravy train, move on.... Living in the real world
  • Score: 0

12:12am Sun 23 May 10

NotGreen says...

I wish Lucas would throw herself out to sea.
I wish Lucas would throw herself out to sea. NotGreen
  • Score: 0

7:59am Sun 23 May 10

stan bailey says...

Does our green councillor colour her hair?
Does our green councillor colour her hair? stan bailey
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8:15am Sun 23 May 10

King from Hove says...

Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.
Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward. King from Hove
  • Score: 0

9:33am Sun 23 May 10

Betty Blue says...

Who in their right mind voted for this woman?
Who in their right mind voted for this woman? Betty Blue
  • Score: 0

10:07am Sun 23 May 10

stan bailey says...

King from Hove wrote:
Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.
Yesterday I watched one of these hippies, with a not very eco friendly horse lorry , parked in the disused petrol station up from the Gyratory, lock the gates with a heavy chain and padlock. What is yours is mine and what is mine is mine approach
[quote][p][bold]King from Hove[/bold] wrote: Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.[/p][/quote]Yesterday I watched one of these hippies, with a not very eco friendly horse lorry , parked in the disused petrol station up from the Gyratory, lock the gates with a heavy chain and padlock. What is yours is mine and what is mine is mine approach stan bailey
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10:23am Sun 23 May 10

iisasambo says...

stan bailey wrote:
King from Hove wrote: Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.
Yesterday I watched one of these hippies, with a not very eco friendly horse lorry , parked in the disused petrol station up from the Gyratory, lock the gates with a heavy chain and padlock. What is yours is mine and what is mine is mine approach
dem der hippies do love an old petrol station dont they, do you think its a fumes thing?
[quote][p][bold]stan bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King from Hove[/bold] wrote: Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.[/p][/quote]Yesterday I watched one of these hippies, with a not very eco friendly horse lorry , parked in the disused petrol station up from the Gyratory, lock the gates with a heavy chain and padlock. What is yours is mine and what is mine is mine approach[/p][/quote]dem der hippies do love an old petrol station dont they, do you think its a fumes thing? iisasambo
  • Score: 0

11:24am Sun 23 May 10

MarcoPolo says...

My MP swears allegiance to the Queen with a pebble in her hand, as Brighton is what really matters to her. Not the world's climate change problems, not, Europe, not the UK, not England, not even Sussex, just 'Brighton'. Half-baked, halfwit.
My MP swears allegiance to the Queen with a pebble in her hand, as Brighton is what really matters to her. Not the world's climate change problems, not, Europe, not the UK, not England, not even Sussex, just 'Brighton'. Half-baked, halfwit. MarcoPolo
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Sun 23 May 10

shrek's uglier brother says...

Phew! Thank goodness for that. I was starting to worry because the Argus hasn't had an exclusive C Lucas story for over a week now. And there was I thinking that her PR people had run out of trite ideas and had maybe decided to join the real world.... Ignorance is surely bliss.
Phew! Thank goodness for that. I was starting to worry because the Argus hasn't had an exclusive C Lucas story for over a week now. And there was I thinking that her PR people had run out of trite ideas and had maybe decided to join the real world.... Ignorance is surely bliss. shrek's uglier brother
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Sun 23 May 10

Thumper Hove says...

Answer: no-one did. Only loonies in the centre of the city thinking they were being 'right-on'. I'm sick of the Argus giving this women regular publicity - how about the she actually talks about her 'policies' and achievements in the Argus? Like an MP should be doing
Answer: no-one did. Only loonies in the centre of the city thinking they were being 'right-on'. I'm sick of the Argus giving this women regular publicity - how about the she actually talks about her 'policies' and achievements in the Argus? Like an MP should be doing Thumper Hove
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Sun 23 May 10

ArthurD says...

Public sector staff with too much time and (our) money on their hands again.

The axe is coming (soon I hope).
Public sector staff with too much time and (our) money on their hands again. The axe is coming (soon I hope). ArthurD
  • Score: -1

4:16pm Sun 23 May 10

UglyAmerican says...

stan bailey wrote:
Does our green councillor colour her hair?
It seems likely. It also seems likely from the photo above that she does NOT believe in dental hygiene.....
[quote][p][bold]stan bailey[/bold] wrote: Does our green councillor colour her hair?[/p][/quote]It seems likely. It also seems likely from the photo above that she does NOT believe in dental hygiene..... UglyAmerican
  • Score: -1

8:46pm Sun 23 May 10

Mr. Kipling says...

Angryoldman wrote:
I must have broke the law too.
I found a small stone in the crack of my buttocks after swimming in the sea near Brighton Pier.
I do beleive the stolen item is somewhere in my home. I expect the police will storm my home in a dawn raid and arrest me under the terrorist act,
I wouldnt putit past them. It must be like a scene from the mad hatters tea party at Brighton Council meetings. In fact it is worse. Pathetic story! Will the pebble be given counselling as it may have developed abandonment issue's.
I hate to break it to you but that probably wasn't a pebble.
[quote][p][bold]Angryoldman[/bold] wrote: I must have broke the law too. I found a small stone in the crack of my buttocks after swimming in the sea near Brighton Pier. I do beleive the stolen item is somewhere in my home. I expect the police will storm my home in a dawn raid and arrest me under the terrorist act, I wouldnt putit past them. It must be like a scene from the mad hatters tea party at Brighton Council meetings. In fact it is worse. Pathetic story! Will the pebble be given counselling as it may have developed abandonment issue's.[/p][/quote]I hate to break it to you but that probably wasn't a pebble. Mr. Kipling
  • Score: 1

9:31pm Sun 23 May 10

sussexone says...

King from Hove wrote:
Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.
Unfortunately it seems so, although I did have the great pleasure of telling her to "go away" (hahaha!) when she knocked on my front door during the election campaign. Bunch of loons with lunatic policies in my opinion.

How on earth she got to be an M.P., I will never know, did the people who voted for her actually read the Green manifesto? I did, and its a load of sh*t that would bankrupt the country! Cue angry Greens responses below... LOL!
[quote][p][bold]King from Hove[/bold] wrote: Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it seems so, although I did have the great pleasure of telling her to "go away" (hahaha!) when she knocked on my front door during the election campaign. Bunch of loons with lunatic policies in my opinion. How on earth she got to be an M.P., I will never know, did the people who voted for her actually read the Green manifesto? I did, and its a load of sh*t that would bankrupt the country! Cue angry Greens responses below... LOL! sussexone
  • Score: -1

7:11am Mon 24 May 10

Angryoldman says...

She seems like a lovely lady. Very inteligent too.
She seems like a lovely lady. Very inteligent too. Angryoldman
  • Score: 1

11:06am Mon 24 May 10

Andre Spooner says...

This is an outrage! I cannot believe that our elected representatives would steal stones from the beach! Why, just the other week I spotted former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott trying to make away with an umbrella from outside one of the cafes on the seafront. Shame on you, Prescott! Buy your own umbrella!
This is an outrage! I cannot believe that our elected representatives would steal stones from the beach! Why, just the other week I spotted former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott trying to make away with an umbrella from outside one of the cafes on the seafront. Shame on you, Prescott! Buy your own umbrella! Andre Spooner
  • Score: 0

3:16pm Mon 24 May 10

BriCo says...

At least she turned up to this event. If she is really interested in the people of Brighton why didn't she turn up at the Elm Grove school controlled parking zone meeting a couple of weeks back?
At least she turned up to this event. If she is really interested in the people of Brighton why didn't she turn up at the Elm Grove school controlled parking zone meeting a couple of weeks back? BriCo
  • Score: 0

3:16pm Mon 24 May 10

BriCo says...

At least she turned up to this event. If she is really interested in the people of Brighton why didn't she turn up at the Elm Grove school controlled parking zone meeting a couple of weeks back?
At least she turned up to this event. If she is really interested in the people of Brighton why didn't she turn up at the Elm Grove school controlled parking zone meeting a couple of weeks back? BriCo
  • Score: -1

3:42pm Tue 25 May 10

Patrick Mustard says...

sussexone wrote:
King from Hove wrote: Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.
Unfortunately it seems so, although I did have the great pleasure of telling her to "go away" (hahaha!) when she knocked on my front door during the election campaign. Bunch of loons with lunatic policies in my opinion. How on earth she got to be an M.P., I will never know, did the people who voted for her actually read the Green manifesto? I did, and its a load of sh*t that would bankrupt the country! Cue angry Greens responses below... LOL!
Of course they didn't read the manifesto. Why let policies get in the way of being able to put a smart green sticker in your window over the wheatgrass box to let the neighbours know how truly bohemian and cool you are?
[quote][p][bold]sussexone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King from Hove[/bold] wrote: Tree hugging,car hating,save the planet,global warming middle class new age hippies have at long last taken over Brighton Pavillion ward.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it seems so, although I did have the great pleasure of telling her to "go away" (hahaha!) when she knocked on my front door during the election campaign. Bunch of loons with lunatic policies in my opinion. How on earth she got to be an M.P., I will never know, did the people who voted for her actually read the Green manifesto? I did, and its a load of sh*t that would bankrupt the country! Cue angry Greens responses below... LOL![/p][/quote]Of course they didn't read the manifesto. Why let policies get in the way of being able to put a smart green sticker in your window over the wheatgrass box to let the neighbours know how truly bohemian and cool you are? Patrick Mustard
  • Score: -1

11:22am Wed 26 May 10

tom servo says...

This woman is a joke.... shame on the people who voted for her.
This woman is a joke.... shame on the people who voted for her. tom servo
  • Score: -1

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