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Expenses podcast: How a lone campaigner took on the whole of Parliament

Journalist and freedom of information campaigner, Heather Brooke
Journalist and freedom of information campaigner, Heather Brooke Credit: Martin Pope

Tucked away in the back of New Labour’s 1997 manifesto is a promise. It’s in a short, bullet-pointed list of other policies, and comprises just three words: “Freedom of information”.

No one in Westminster paid much attention to it at the time -- but over the following years, this promise would slowly pass into law, and become a lever with which journalists could start to prise open government secrets.

And one person fought harder than anyone else to make this possible.

In the latest episode of the Telegraph’s Expenses podcast, the journalist and freedom of information expert Heather Brooke talks about her years-long campaign to have MPs’ expenses made public -- and the effect that the 2009 scandal...

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