I need your help to fight the court case to defend Freedom of Information and win the release of the UK Government's secret union polls.
by Tommy Sheppard MP in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
In 2019 the UK Government spent your money on secret polling on the state of the union.
After a judge told them to release it to me they started lodging legal appeals. Now they're so desperate to keep it hidden they've set their top lawyer on it - the First Treasury Counsel no less. This is the man who represented them against the Windrush families, who defended their alleged insider dealing with covid contracts and who argued in front of the Supreme Court in 2019 that they could suspend parliament with impunity. They are determined, but they're also rattled.
I've won three times already. I've come this far through my own efforts. But I am now outmatched. And the courts have just granted them another appeal. I now need your help to get the professional legal support that is needed to win this long battle.
If the UK Government gets the victory it won't just mean they have kept their polls secret. Their case is based on arguing that they have a sweeping exemption under a clause that was never meant to be interpreted that way.
If the ruling goes in their favour it will create a precedent that will give them a licence for secrecy. It will be cited in every attempt by the Tories to cover up their wrongdoing for years to come. We can't let that happen. Support this crowdfunder today.
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