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Friday, July 15, 2011

Transparency instead of cosy chats between government and media bosses

David CameronThe BBC  reports on an idea that shouldn't get lost in the current melee:
In his statement to MPs later, (Prime Minister Cameron) said he would consult Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell about amending the ministerial code "to require ministers to record all meetings with newspaper and other media proprietors, senior editors and executives - regardless of the nature of the meeting". Top civil servants and special advisers would also have to record such meetings - and the information would be published quarterly. Mr Miliband said he welcomed the proposal but added: "I hope and expect he will ensure that that proposal is implemented in a retrospective way back to the last general election."

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