UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Blocking Cabinet minutes shows desperation to avoid political embarrassment – Howarth

Press Release   •   Dec 11, 2009 11:03 GMT

“This completely undermines Labour’s claims to be committed to open government," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Justice Secretary.

Commenting on Jack Straw’s decision to block the publication of minutes of a 1997 Cabinet meeting on devolution requested under the Freedom of Information Act, David Howarth said:

“Ministers are losing their sense of proportion in their desperation to avoid political embarrassment.

“This completely undermines Labour’s claims to be committed to open government. The veto is clearly a threat to freedom of information and should be abolished.

“It is an insult to due process that Jack Straw could not even be bothered to come before Parliament to defend his decision in person.”