Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stop MPs hiding expenses

This Thursday, MPs will be voting on a statutory Order that would exempt details of their expenses from the Freedom of Information Act. This is after they spent around £100,000 fighting a court case over FoI; and then another £1m scanning receipts when they were ordered to do so by the High Court.

If you are a UK citizen and find this as outrageous as I do, make sure to write to your MP before then! MySociety have details and easy tools. Below is my effort:


FOR THE ATTENTION OF:

Frank Dobson MP
Holborn and St Pancras

Tuesday 20 January 2009

Dear Mr Dobson,

I am writing to ask you to vote against the draft Freedom of Information (Parliament) Order 2009 this Thursday, and to sign Jo Swinson MP’s Early Day Motion condemning the Order. I hope you will agree with me that MPs should be taking a lead in building public trust in Parliament, and that this Order if passed would stoke public cynicism over UK politicians. Labour should maintain their commitment to public transparency shown by their passage of the FoI Act.

With best wishes,

Dr Ian Brown

1 comment:

Alejandro Ribo said...

It seems we've been posting in related topics ;)
http://people.oii.ox.ac.uk/aribo/2009/01/17/british-mps-stop-hiding-your-expenses-2/
Alejandro