Home Affairs Committee holds session on policing large scale disorder

14 September 2011

The Commons Home Affairs Committee takes evidence on policing large scale disorder on Thursday 15 September 2011 at 10.30am in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Purpose of session

The session gives the committee the opportunity to explore the causes of and response to the riots at the beginning of August, with a particular focus on what happened in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottinghamshire.

The Committee will also be questioning the three main providers in the area of social media on the role of social media in spreading the disorder and in their response to it.

Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

"The Committee is determined to understand both the causes and the responses to the August riots. As part of this process it is essential that we hear from chief police officers from across the country.
It is clear that social media played a role in the disturbances—both in spreading the disorder and in the response to it—and this session will give us the opportunity to discuss the role of social media with the main companies in this field."


10.30am to 11.00am  

  • Chief Constable Peter Fahy and Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, Greater Manchester Police

11.00am to 11.30am 

  • Chief Constable Chris Sims and Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe, West Midlands Police

11.30am to 12 noon

  •  Chief Constable Julia Hodson and Assistant Chief Constable Paul Broadbent, Nottinghamshire Police 

12 noon to 12.30 pm 

  • Stephen Bates, Managing Director UK and Ireland, Research in Motion (Blackberry)
  • Richard Allan, Director of Policy, Facebook
  • Alexander Macgillivray, General Counsel, responsible for public policy, Twitter

Further Information

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