Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MPs abandon attempt to hide expenses

mySociety and Unlock Democracy have this afternoon demonstrated how quickly an online political campaign can get results. In just a few days, they have managed to force MPs to withdraw their draft Order to exempt Parliament from the Freedom of Information Act. This is a great win for public transparency! Unlock Democracy's Director Peter Facey commented:

"Fundamentally, the Government backed down because they knew they would lose even [if] they won the vote. This was a clear victory of people power. We have had reports of MPs receiving dozens of letters. Congratulations to the tens of thousands of people who wrote to their MP, jammed the House of Commons switchboard, emailed, texted and tweeted their friends, blogged and signed up to the various internet protest groups: you made a real difference today."

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