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I still have a card, which Maurice was giving out at, I think, the 1998 Labour party conference. It pointed out that freedom of information featured in Labour ’s election manifestos of 1974, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992 and 1997. He comments that ‘no other policy has been consistently promised over 25 years. This is a frustrating and damaging delay ’.
Maurice has worked energetically between the time the act was passed in 2000, until its implementation. He played an important role in the announcement by Lord Falconer in October 2004 that charges for freedom of information requests would not be prohibitively expensive.
It is very appropriate that the journalists ’ trade journal recognises Maurice ’s efforts. Let us hope journalists now use the act.