FOI Should Be Strengthened, Not Weakened

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I have been contacted by many residents in the last few days asking about freedom of information - I want to keep it, and strengthen it.

As Labour's Deputy Leader Tom Watson said last November, "This is the most secretive government in my lifetime and that needs to change. Obviously there are things government cannot make public but there has to be a very good reason for secrecy. A lot of information that was freely available before isn't made public now because the Tories want to conduct government behind closed doors. We need to ensure those doors remain open."

Labour has made it's position on FOI very clear, and you can read more detail on that here. I have no hesitation supporting the FOI Act and I will be arguing to strengthen it, for example to include private firms performing outsourced public sector work, rather than weaken it. 

The government's commission into the FOI Act is expected to report back shortly, and my Labour colleagues and I will be keeping a very close eye on its recommendations.

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