Tomorrow’s bill on exempting Parliament from FOI

Tomorrow the private member’s bill exempting Parliament from its own freedom of information legislation revives for a second hearing. This is the bill that will not die. A team effort resulted in the publication today of several joint letters and articles speaking out against this bill.

There is a joint letter in the Daily Telegraph signed by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, myself and a selection of cross-party MPs.

In the Times, a group of civil liberties and constitutional reform groups wrote a letter opposing the bill.

The Independent wrote a leader opposing the bill and MP Mark Fisher contributed a very lucid editorial explaining that the exemption had nothing to do with protecting constitutency communications but was really about keeping secret MPs’ expenses.

As the Independent writes: “In short, this is an amendment designed to protect MPs, not their constituents.”

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