Pro-Bercow FOI Answered 2 Weeks Faster Than Average

Remember that Freedom of Information response disclosing that John Bercow had received over 3,000 letters and emails in support of his Trump ban? Guido can reveal the FoI in question was received on 15 February and answered on the very same day. As anyone who regularly fires off FoIs knows, such promptness is highly unusual. Indeed, the authorities admit that the average time taken to respond to FoI requests pertaining to the Speaker is 13 days. Surely the Speaker wouldn’t dream of accelerating the process to rush out a good news story while he was fighting for his career…

Government Slips Out FoI Commission Stitch Up

On a quiet Friday in July, the Cabinet Office has announced its new clampdown on Freedom of Information, setting up a commission “to make sure it’s working effectively”. Who will get to decide what information journalists can and cannot obtain from government departments?

Jack Straw, a long term opponent of the FoI Act, and a man according to the Telegraph whose “possible role in the rendition of [a] terror suspect may yet be disclosed by FOI requests”.

Lord Carlile of Berriew, such a keen supporter of openness, transparency and holding public figures to account that he acted as Lord Rennard’s legal adviser.

Michael Howard, who was on the receiving end of negative newspaper stories after Labour used FoIs to dig up dirt on him.

Wonder what they’ll recommend?

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Expelled Tory MP, Richard Benyon, on the short three-day Programme Motion for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill:

“Whether you had three days, three weeks or three months debating this, you would not hear one original argument that we hadn’t otherwise heard in this process…”

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