Response by Ted Jeory to the email from me to Takki Sulaiman on the previous post here.
The council’s visitors’ book in the town hall reception will show I turned up in good time, at 7.20pm from memory. When I stood in the doorway of the public gallery well before 7.30pm, there were no free seats in the front row. That’s why you were asked by one of your colleagues on my behalf why there were no seats reserved. The answer you gave was that they’d been given up for the public because reporters hadn’t responded to an email.
In an earlier email to me this morning you said Adam Barnett of the ELA had responded to that email, yet he was seated four or five rows back. And he arrived well before me.
You also said in an email this morning: “you would have had a seat had you arrived on time as two rows were reserved for the press.”
So can you please confirm those two rows were reserved exclusively for the press? How many seats was that? How many journalists responded to your email and how does that number correspond to the number of press seats? How many journalists were actually sitting in those press seats?
And can you reconfirm that those “unused” seats were only released to the public at 7.30pm.
All good questions.
What’s your answer Mr Sulaiman?
Or am I not allowed to ask questions of you? For that matter is Ted?
Maybe there is a list of journalists you permit questions from? If there is can you publish it?
Whatever the answer please let me and the rest of the borough know.
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