MPs FOI Bill lacks support
The Bill to exempt MPs from the Freedom of Information Act was effectively defeated today in the House of Commons by a few determined opponents MPs who fililbustered the debate - but also, it should be said, by a lack of enthusiasm among MPs at large for this measure.
If the Bill's supporters had been able to mobilise 100 MPs to back the measure, then they could have forced closure of the debate and got the Bill through the Commons despite the filibustering.
That would certainly have been an ambitious target on a Friday during the campaign for the Scottish, Welsh and local elections. But they only managed about half that number. Which suggests that most MPs on the whole are happy with the way the Act applies to them, or at least do not feel so strongly about any concerns that they would devote a Friday - and risk embarrassing publicity - to get it changed.