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Dundee LibDems give backing to Freedom of Information petition

May 23, 2007 11:41 AM
Michael Charlton, Dundee Liberal Democrats' local party secretary

Charlton gives backing to Freedom of Information petition

Dundee Liberal Democrats have today (Wednesday 23rd May) given their backing to a national petition launched by Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Liberal Democrat Leader, against proposals to exempt MPs from Freedom of Information rules.

Edward Davey MP, Chief of Staff to the Liberal Democrat Leader, said, "There should not be one law for MPs and one for everyone else. Exempting politicians from Freedom of Information requests only adds to the public perception of Parliament being opaque and clouded in secrecy.

"If Gordon Brown is serious about reforming our democracy this is his first real test. If David Cameron is serious about new politics now is the time to show real leadership rather than grandstanding."

Locally, Dundee West LibDem parliamentary spokesperson Michael Charlton said, "I hope the Dundee public - and people right across the UK - back the petition. It is quite wrong that MPs should have exemption from Freedom of Information legislation."

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