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Get the data: all MPs in the UK

Help Me Investigate has compiled a list of MPs who operate throughout the UK.

The list has been scraped from the Parliament website.

The dataset shows the name, political party and constituency of all 674 MPs in the UK. In addition to this, a URL link to each MP’s biography has been displayed.

This information is also available on a Google spreadsheet.

If you use this information, please let us know – especially if any have been changed since publication. Continue reading

FoI Requests and Private Emails

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, announced last week that private emails are covered by FoI laws. This clarification in FoI law allows researchers, academics, campaigners and journalists to request the private emails of government officials.

The information commissioner has decided to allow email requests into FoI law since the revelations that members of the Department of Education, headed by Michael Gove, were encouraged to share important information via email in an attempt to avoid FoI requests.

Commenting on the news, Mr Graham stated: “It should not come as a surprise to public authorities to have the clarification that information held in private email accounts can be subject to Freedom of Information law if it relates to official business. This has always been the case – the Act covers all recorded information in any form”.

Surprisingly, some FoI campaigners have interpreted ‘all information’ to include text messages and even post-it-notes.

Guidance regarding FoI requests and private emails can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website — just follow the links.

Ian Silvera