Freedom of Information: your task

DO YOUR bit to support Freedom of Information. The government's woefully inadequate Bill is due to be debated again in the House of Lords towards the end of May. The following Lords are members of the NUJ, and you can write to them reminding them of the importance of freedom of information to journalism and thus to democracy. (Sorry we haven't been able to get a list of who voted which way in previous debates.)

Write to the following names at House of Lords, London SW1A 0AA: Michael Killanin, William Howie, John Kilbracken, Patrick Lichfield, Lena Jeger, Roy Hattersley, Anthony Snowdon, and George Thomson.

The following MPs are members of the NUJ. Letters from constituents carry much more weight than generic appeals, so if one is your constituency MP, please get in touch with them now...

Member Constituency Party
Candy Atherton Falmouth and Camborne Lab
Margaret Beckett C Derby South Lab
Bell, Martin § Tatton Ind
Tony Benn § Chesterfield Lab
Ben Bradshaw Exeter Lab
Gordon Brown C Dunfermline East Lab
Malcolm Bruce Gordon LDem
Ann Clwyd Cynon Valley Lab
Robin Corbett § Birmingham, Erdington Lab
John Cryer Hornchurch Lab
Angela Eagle Wallasey Lab
Norman Fowler Sutton Coldfield Con
Roger Gale North Thanet Con
Bruce Grocott Telford Lab
Gerald Kaufman Manchester, Gorton Lab
Sally Keeble Northampton North Lab
Shona McIsaac Cleethorpes Lab
Alan Meale Mansfield Lab
Austin Mitchell § Great Grimsby Lab
Chris Mullin § Sunderland South Lab
Brian Sedgemore Hackney South and Shoreditch Lab
Paul Truswell Pudsey Lab
Rosalie Winterton Doncaster Central Lab
Derek Wyatt Sittingbourne and Sheppey Lab

In addition, Denis MacShane (Rotherham, Lab) is an ex-President of the NUJ.

  • All at House of Commons, London SW1A 1AA
  • C = Cabinet Minister: pigs might fly
  • § = Strong supporter of Freedom of Information

For full briefings on the Bill see the Campaign for Freedom of Information website at www.cfoi.org.uk. Other MPs who wish to correct the Freelance's memory, providing evidence that they are strong supporters, are very, very welcome to write to editor@londonfreelance.org.

May/Jun 2000
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