BIS caves in after admitting it broke the law

The Department of Business Innovation and Skills, currently headed by Vince Cable has finally caved in and admitted it broke the law in its battle with Libertarian Party Leader Andrew Withers.

Andrew issued the following statement this morning:

“In another turn of events in the five year battle against the Department of Business,Innovation and Skills, the Treasury Solicitor acting on behalf of Vince Cable has agreed to settle Andrew Withers Leader of the Libertarian Party legal costs out of Court in relation to a Data Protection Request made in October 2009 in relation to Data held on him by the private office of the then Secretary of State Peter Mandelson. Despite being ordered to release the data by the Information Commissioner in September 2010, the Department refused to admit any such data was held by the private office.

In October 2010 Andrew with the agreement of the Office of the Information Commissioner applied to the High Court for an order under sec 7(9) Data Protection Act for the private office to reveal the data held. The Treasury Solicitor chose to defend the action with a witness statement from the data protection officer saying that the data ‘simply did not exist’ . The Hearing was scheduled for January 28th 2011, European Data Protection Day.

Two days before the hearing the Treasury Solicitor asked for a adjournment, introducing an apology and a witness statement that data did after all exist.

The Data from Mandelson’s Office is heavily redacted ‘to protect the officials concerned’ but it does show an extract that Andrew was targeted.

Previously solicitors for Vince Cable on November 12th 2010 objected to a District Judge, to Andrew being the Leader of the Libertarian Party. This was withdrawn on December 3rd 2010 in a telephone conference with the District Judge.

The Treasury Solicitor has agreed to settle costs out of Court by the 28th February 2011, and the Data Protection Officer concerned has agreed to make further Data available in relation to the private office upto January 28th 2011.

Andrew Withers said yesterday- It is clear that the State despite the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act is still addicted to secrecy, not out of concerns of national security, but to cover the tracks of public servants who are either incompetent or acting on other agendas, personal or political. “

Andrew has since been confirmed as the Leader of the Libertarian Party UK (LPUK).

Notes for editors

1) The Libertarian Party was founded on November 21st 2007 and officially launched on January 1st 2008. The party’s website can be found at: http://www.lpuk.org

2) Further details of the party’s policies can be found in our manifesto:
http://www.lpuk.org/pages/manifesto.php

3) The Libertarian Party UK is a minarchist party utilising political philosophy based on support for individual liberty.
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism

Press Enquiries can be sent to media@lpuk.org or by telephone +44 845 299 7650

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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  3. Sue says:

    A VICTORY!

    Thank goodness for that. That snake Mandelson has alot to answer for. I hope they realise they made his life a misery for 5 years. I remember reading is blog during the last few months, it was obvious he was completely distraught and miserable at times. When they said he couldn’t stand as leader, I thought bloody cheek, who do they think they are?

    Anyhow, Congratulations to him and I’m glad he had the gumption to see it through. He beat the system. He’s a bit of a hero in my book 🙂

  4. HURRAY!!!

    I had a feeling you would emerge victorious!

    Spend the money wisely. Or not.

    CR.

  5. OOPS!

    That message was obviously meant for Andrew.

    CR.

  6. microdave says:

    A small ray of light! – Well done, Andrew.

  7. The arc is long, but it bends toward justice.

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