Pleased to hear @MattHancock say he will now do what the law requires.

Our lawyers will write to him again this week to ask him to confirm (1) that he is in continuing legal breach (2) that he will comply. #Ridge
The Judge was clear their breaches of the law would have been more serious had we not sued:

“I have no doubt that this claim has speeded up compliance”.
The evidence also showed that the civil servants Hancock praises here were repeatedly calling out for more help to comply with their important legal obligations around transparency. But they were ignored. #Ridge

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