If you are an elector who has ever had any exchange of emails with your local councillor, you should keep an eye on how the following extraordinary matter turns out.
The solicitors instructed by Susan Stevens and Alistair Stevens have made a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to see private emails between a particular New Mills town councillor and the Editor of High Peak Transparency.
Susan Stevens is the dishonest former town clerk of New Mills who was sacked last year.
Alistair Stevens is the discredited New Mills councillor who is abusing that public position to benefit his spouse in her dispute with the council.
The FoI request was addressed to New Mills Town Council.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 took effect in 2005. It covers public bodies.
A councillor is not a public body. An elector is not a public body. High Peak Transparency is not a public body.
This tactic by the Stevenses or their solicitor also begs the question, what is it the Stevenses want to know exactly?
In the whole period since the targeted individual became a councillor (a matter of years), there has been perhaps five or six emails exchanged.
If you are a member of the public who may correspond with a local councillor, or write to a local councillor on a matter that is important to you, then beware this novel attempt at invading your privacy.
When the result of this FoI request is known, we will be publishing how it turned out.