Police to investigate council defector Curran for “downloading personal data from Nick Clegg’s office”

UPDATE 29/9/10 – 5.30pm

Cllr Curran has released his first official statement since allegations of data theft were made last week.

He said “The Police have confirmed that there is no case to answer. I hope that, as Councillors, we can all now focus on representing our constituents and doing what is best for Sheffield.”

Ben Curran, the Sheffield City Councillor who defected from the Liberal Democrats to Labour on Friday, is under investigation by the police, it has emerged.

Council leader Paul Scriven has asked Labour leader Julie Dore to suspend Curran for allegedly downloading personal data about thousands of voters from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s office days before his defection.

In a letter to Cllr Dore, Mr Scriven wrote “As you will now be aware Cllr Curran has been reported to the Police for his downloading of personal data from Nick Clegg’s office which is the property of Sheffield Liberal Democrats. This data is protected under the Data Protection Act and the Police will be investigating to see what action needs to be taken in light of this.

“Clearly Cllr Curran who took this information only 2 days before he defected to your Group, and therefore it is highly likely that at the time of taking this data he was already in discussion with your Party, and had made the decision to defect. He now has this information as a Labour Councillor.”

The data is thought to include mobile phone numbers, addresses and voting intentions collected while canvassing prior to May’s general election.

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that an investigation is underway. A spokesperson said: “The Force have received allegations regarding theft of confidential data from Sheffield City Council. Officers will be carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances of the allegations.”

We have contacted the Labour party for a statement.

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One response to “Police to investigate council defector Curran for “downloading personal data from Nick Clegg’s office”

  1. The words “sore loser” spring to mind.

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