Scotland Office refuses to name who else saw memo alleging Sturgeon wanted Cameron as PM | Herald Scotland

Article in  today’s Herald – Tom Gordon trying to find out  who knew what and when – surprise surprise, the Scottish Office won’t say.

‘The memo, which wrongly suggested Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain Prime Minister, was leaked to the press in the general election campaign by the then LibDem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael and his special adviser Euan Roddin.

Carmichael, who initially denied all knowledge of the leak, is now the subject of a civil court action trying to have his election as MP for Orkney & Shetland overturned.

Using Freedom of Information law, the Sunday Herald asked the Scotland Office for the names of the ministers, special advisers and officials who received the note.

Critically, this would have shown whether Downing Street was in the loop before the memo was leaked to the Daily Telegraph at the start of April.

However the Scotland Office refused to reveal the government distribution list on the grounds that it was “personal information”.

In a response issued last week, it acknowledged there was a public interest in the greater understanding of the role of public servants in “historic events”

via Scotland Office refuses to name who else saw memo alleging Sturgeon wanted Cameron as PM | Herald Scotland.

One thought on “Scotland Office refuses to name who else saw memo alleging Sturgeon wanted Cameron as PM | Herald Scotland

  1. David McDowell June 28, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Laws are passed to make sure the public can obtain access to official government documents. But when the public or their representatives do so they are fobbed off with lame excuses – and the so-called “Scottish Information Commissioner” does nothing about it.
    Clearly the SIC is another toothless, government-controlled front operation designed to fool the public into believing there is real transparency in government when its real function is to act as a buffer to protect corrupt politicians from being found out.
    Even when appeals are lodged some sort of “loophole” is always put up to block release of information that could potentially expose wrongdoing or deception in public office.
    Does the Information Commissioner work for us or not? At the moment they appear to be there mainly to help politicians avoid being made accountable for their actions.

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