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Row over proposal to ban The Sun newspaper from council offices

It also seeks to ban Sun journalists from reporting on council meetings. Credit: PA

Councillors are set to vote on a proposal to ban the The Sun newspaper and its journalists from Flintshire County Council offices.

The motion has been put forward by Deputy Leader Cllr Bernie Attridge and Cllr Kevin Hughes. It also seeks to ban Sun journalists from reporting on council meetings.

However it has been met with criticism from the Welsh Conservatives. Shadow Local Government Secretary, Janet Finch-Saunders said it was was an attempt at 'censorship of the media'.

This is a childish and typically spiteful move from a Labour Party which no longer cares for the fundamental principle of free speech, and which no longer backs a free press.

It’s an attempt at full-on state censorship of the media, and another bizarre turn from a Left Wing which no longer has the courage to debate its opponents. It’s also illegal and, if passed, could leave taxpayers open to legal proceedings in future.

Whilst we might not like certain newspapers – and might question the impartiality of other platforms – we have a right not to consume their output. But we shouldn’t have a right to ban them. This is how dictatorships start, and Jeremy Corbyn should know a thing or two about them.

– Janet Finch-Saunders, Welsh Conservatives

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies echoed the criticism on social media.

Councillors will discuss the motion at the next full council meeting on September 27.

However a Flintshire County Council spokesperson said the motion is currently being considered to 'ensure it's legality' before it is placed in the agenda for September.

A notice of motion has been prepared by Councillors Bernie Attridge and Kevin Hughes reflecting the strong feelings elicited as a result of the Sun’s reporting of the Hillsborough tragedy.

As with all notices of motion, it is currently being considered against the Council’s procedure rules to ensure its legality. The decision to place the motion on the agenda for the Council meeting on 27 September will not be made until this process is complete, although it is the Council’s intention to act in solidarity with a number of other Councils in the interests of social justice.

– Gareth Owens, Chief Officer Governance