Tuesday 12 October 2021 / 7:55 PM Angela Rayner

Angela Rayner comments on Ministers being required by Cabinet Office policy to set instant messaging chats to delete automatically

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, responding to a high court hearing revealing Ministers and civil servants are required by Cabinet Office policy to set instant messaging chats to delete automatically, said:

“This appears to be unlawful and in breach of legislation relating to public inquiries, freedom of information and public records.

“Ministers must not govern by private messages that are then deleted. This is completely undemocratic and an attack on transparency and accountability.

“Yet again the Tories are doing everything they can to cover up their dodgy dealings and avoid being held to account for their failures.”