Published: August 11, 2011
Burnham's MP focuses on media's role during Commons riots debate

Burnham-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt joined a debate in the House of Commons today (Thursday, August 11th) regarding this week's riots.

Tessa, pictured, said the media has a responsibility to report any criminality they witness to the police.

She asked David Cameron whether reporters had alerted incidents to the police and asked whether photos and film footage had been handed over to the Police. She also asked whether photos and film could be used in future court proceedings.

Tessa said members of the media are not "spectators", but have a duty and responsibility to report any criminality they witness. The Prime Minister agreed.

Tessa told afterwards: "Although Somerset has not been directly affected by the disturbances, many people have told me what they think, and it is vital that the views and concerns of local people are expressed within the national arena."

Having raised questions today, I am writing to the Prime Minister with a number of other questions to let him know how local residents feel."

Her comments came following the recall of Parliament from summer recess.


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