1.The law requires the Council to allow public access to its meetings, but it does not require
Council to allow the public to film them. There is no Welsh Government Assembly guidance
requiring this and in fact they also do not allow individual members of the public to record
their proceedings. Neither does Parliament. As owner of the building the Council is entitled
to regulate what happens on their premises.
2.The Council's standing orders provide that if a meetings is being disrupted by a person in
the public gallery, the Chair should ask for that person to be removed, if he or she refuses to
leave when requested. The Chair can adjourn the meeting to enable this to happen and for
order to be restored.
3.The person in the gallery had been asked to stop filming and to leave the gallery on a
previous occasion. When an officer asked her to do this she accused that officer of
assaulting her. That has been investigated by the Police and the officer completely
exonerated. Because of this background there was no alternative but to ask the Police to
deal with the person concerned. The way in which the police officers dealt with the matter
was entirely a matter for them.
4.The Council have had no influence over whether Mrs Thompson was arrested or not and
no view on the fact that she was arrested. Their only reason for calling the Police was to
restore order in the Council chamber to enable the democratic process to proceed.