OK – so the next step in the Freedom of Information ‘defeat the secretive buggers campaign’ is to ‘Lobby a Lord’. If you visit www.ourcampaign.org.uk/foi then you can select a random (or specific) Lord to nag about the way they will be voting on the Bill when it is debated in the Lords.
This is my text to my random Lord!
Dear Lord Bishop of Worcester,
I am writing to you to beg you to join the Liberal Democrats in the lobbies when the time comes to vote on the Freedom of Information Bill. There is no reason on this earth why MPs should not be subject to the same amount of scrutiny and transparency as the rest of the Institutions and organisations in this country. MPs’ correspondence and correspondence appertaining to constituents business is already protected under the Data Protection Act and its sections and sub-section exemptions. There is no need for any further amendment or shenanigans.
Please, please do not support those who would wish to exempt themselves from this scrutiny.
Lynne Featherstone, MP
You can find out more about the campaign at www.ourcampaign.org.uk/foi