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BBC R4 The Report on FOI and MPs’ expenses

28 May 2009 20:00 on BBC Radio 4:

Simon Cox gets behind the headlines engulfing MPs about their expenses and explores how the system of allowances was allowed to get out of control. The programme charts the origin of the row back to the enactment of freedom of information laws and reveals how proposed changes, which could have averted the crisis, were repeatedly thwarted by MPs themselves.

Well worth listening to. Simon Cox speaks to Sam Coates of The Times and John Stoneborough, the former media adviser to the Speaker and House of Commons Commission, who says “there was total horror at the idea of FOI”.

Listen to the programme again or download the podcast here –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jkr1q

See also:
Michael Martin was put under ‘severe pressure’ to fight expenses case, Guardian 28/5/09

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