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21 January 2009

Victory for transparent Parliament

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today hailed a victory for transparency after Gordon Brown retreated from plans to exempt MPs’ expenses from the Freedom of Information Act.

Mr Barrett was among a small group of MPs who had singed a parliamentary motion criticising the government for trying to keep details of MPs expenses secret and calling for disclosure.

John Barrett said:

“This is a humiliating climb-down for the Government after he was forced to accept that people will not tolerate MPs continuing to act like members of a secret society.

“No other public office would be exempt from these rules – MPs have no right to expect different treatment than anyone else.”

“Parliament will never regain the trust of the public unless they accept that full disclosure is not only expected, but rightly demanded by the public.”

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