A good day for Parliament

A week ago I joined a couple of Facebook groups and invited all my UK friends to join me.  I used www.writetothem.com to send a email to my MP and I blogged about it here.  8,000 people have since joined the main group and yesterday the plans to change the Read more…

MPs seek to exempt their expenses from FoI Act

When the Govt announced the third runway at Heathrow last week Justin Kerr-Stevens suggested that they had something to hide.  I doubt the announcement was made as a diversion, but someone decided that it was a good time to announce that Harriet Harman as Leader of the House (under lobbying Read more…

Locking up Freedom of Information

The House of Commons did themselves a great disservice today when they allowed a third reading of David Maclean’s Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill.  They have sent out a message that it is OK for them to pass laws for everyone to obey but themselves.  They have slapped other elected Read more…

Parliament and the FOI exemption bill

It seems that the Labour Parliamentary Committee is supporting the Private Member’s Bill brought by Conservative MP David MacLean. According to the Independent:  The email from Labour MPs Tony Lloyd, Angela Eagle, Kevan Jones, Ann Cryer, Joan Ruddock, Martin Salter and Don Touhig says: "We feel strongly that the measures Read more…

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