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Blair-Bush Iraq war transcript may be suppressed

Blair-Bush Iraq war transcript may be suppressed

An explosive transcript of one of Tony Blair‘s final conversations with George Bush before the invasion of Iraq may be suppressed by the coalition government, Whitehall sources have confirmed.

Dominic Grieve, the attorney general, believes there is “a case to answer” in favour of blocking an information tribunal ruling that ordered the former leaders’ telephone exchange to be released in the public interest.

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Rajeev Syal | Guardian | July 17 2012

Met Police internal racism allegations treble

Allegations of racism made within the Metropolitan Police have nearly trebled over five years.

Forty-two allegations were made in the year 2011-12, up from 16 in 2006-07, the Met has revealed following a Freedom of Information request.

The figures specifically cover internal complaints by officers about officers.

The Black Police Association said it was a growing issue but in a statement the force said racism would not be tolerated.

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Andy Dangerfield | BBC | July 16 2012

Financial Services Authority Withholds Questions to RBS’s Goodwin as ‘Personal Data’

The U.K.’s Financial Services Authority refused to release questions it asked former Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Fred Goodwin, regarding the bank’s near collapse, saying it’s his own personal information and may deter others from cooperating.

The regulator declined a request made under the Freedom of Information Act by Bloomberg News for the questions posed during interviews for its report, released on Dec. 12 into the Edinburgh-based bank’s near failure. While tracts of interviews with Johnny Cameron, the bank’s former investment banking chief; Guy Whittaker, its finance director; and Jay Levine, the head of its U.S. securities unit were published, no testimony by Goodwin was included in the 452-page document.

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Howard Mustoe | Business Week | July 16th 2012

Olympic bicycle ban affects 30 miles of London roads

The ban on cyclists using Olympic Games Lanes applies to over 29 miles of the city’s busiest roads.

A freedom of information request submitted recently by the ETAresulted today in the following reply from TfL:

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can confirm TfL does hold the information you require.

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Environmental Transport Association | July 16th 2012

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