Whistleblower’s council emails intercepted

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A WHISTLEBLOWER who managed to obtain a copy of a secret Sheffield Council report is having his emails sent to councillors intercepted and blocked if they contain ‘unsuitable’ content.

Martin Brighton, of Lowedges, Sheffield, exposed a confidential document warning that housing services could worsen if management was brought back under council control – when tenants were told their services would improve.

Lynne Bird, director of legal services at the council said, in an email to councillors: “Emails being sent by Mr Brighton via his most recently used email address are being intercepted owing to past correspondence which was thought to be unsuitable to be transmitted via the council’s e mail system.

“All correspondence is checked and if it is not offensive passed on.

“He has been told he can correspond in writing and this will not be intercepted.”

The decision was criticised by Coun Bob McCann, Liberal Democrat member for Graves Park and former cabinet member for housing, who said: “Martin and I have locked horns over the years, but I do believe every citizen has the right to voice their opinion.”