Commons Security is and must be taken extremely seriously - and for the record, as I posted yesterday, I am a HUGE supporter of security in Parliament and those who keep it.
I am however, without knowing all the circumstances, extremely sad to learn that Gobby (Paul Lambert) has had his Pass withdrawn, reportedly for filming the aftermath of yesterday's attack on Rupert Murdoch.
The Rules of the House are simply that you must cut away from any disruption in the Chamber or Committees, and you may not film in Parliament without a Special Permit. The Authorities have kindly issued me with permits in the past, and usually, where they can help, they do.
But whatever the rights and wrongs of the current situation, I would just like to say that Gobby is an institution round these ways and I'm deeply sad to hear that for the moment, he is not welcome on the Parliamentary Estate.
I sincerely hope that the Authorities will take in to account Gobby's long and distinguished record - and I am confident they will.
Good luck Gobby!
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