Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Downing Street to reveal secret meetings

Guardian 16th March

"In a victory for freedom of information, the parliamentary ombudsman has forced Tony Blair to reveal his pattern of meetings with commercial lobbyists. This has been a fiercely preserved Downing Street secret, which critics argue has long tainted democratic government in Britain.
Ann Abraham, the ombudsman, has found No 10 guilty of unjustifiably keeping secret contacts between ministers and commercial companies who are seeking to influence them. Her ruling follows separate complaints from the Guardian and the Liberal Democrats"

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