NEW: 🚨'Cabinet policy obliges ministers to delete WhatsApp messages'

Great report by @Haroon_Siddique in @guardian on our legal victory today & the shocking new evidence we revealed in court

With @Foxglovelegal…
What we were able to reveal to today is that it's actually Cabinet Office policy to insist ministers & advisors set their message apps to automatically delete.

The government is literally shredding its records in real time.
We would have *literally no idea* of this secret govt policy if we hadn't brought this case.

The Cabinet Office is an FOI black hole. The only reason we now know about this message deletion policy is because it was forced to reveal it in the course of this legal claim
Remember: we have laws that require government officials to keep official government records of government business.

So why on earth is the Cabinet Office insisting they're destroyed? 🧐

This is what we're going to be challenging in court:
Transparency is at the heart of our mission. The parliamentary report today made it plain that secrecy had cost lives.

This has to change.

The @guardian quotes our director, Clara Maguire, on why this culture of secrecy must be challenged in court

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12 Oct
BREAKING: We have won permission to have our case heard in the high court!

We are THRILLED. Thank you to everyone who has supported this vital case & to our partners @Foxglovelegal
A comment from Clara Maguire, director of the Citizens:

‘This is a good day for democracy’
Thank you so much to everyone who’s helped us get this far. The fight is now on for the next stage. 👊👊👊…
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12 Oct
🔴The shocking findings of the Parliamentary #COVIDReport make it clear: scrutiny of the government could not be more important.

This is why TODAY @allthecitizens and @Foxglovelegal are in court to stop the use of disappearing messages apps in government.
In June 2021, a source at @DHSC told @BylineTimes that conversations between Public Health England and DHSC officials about whether or not patients should be
discharged from hospital into care homes without a negative test were taking place over WhatsApp.
🔥🔥The source added: “The entire COVID-19 response was being conducted over WhatsApp messages.”🔥🔥

@NafeezAhmed via @BylineTimes
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12 Oct
🚨BREAKING: an investigation by @BylineBITE and @allthecitizens reveals 12 Covid-contract winning firms tied to the Conservative Party have increased their profits by £121.7 million over the last year, an increase of 57%. THREAD:
It’s now been 18 months since @BylineTimes and @TheCitizens began mapping the multi-million pound Covid-19 crony contract scandal, uncovering £1bn in taxpayer funds being awarded to companies owned by Conservative Party donors:…
A further £2bn was awarded to associates of the Tory Party - ex-councillors, SPADs and advisors, or friends and relatives of politicians:…
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11 Oct
🔴We firmly believe in holding power to account.

This is why, with @Foxglovelegal, we are taking legal action to stop the use of disappearing message apps in government.

The hearing is tomorrow.
.@thetimes reported that more than a third of Johnson’s cabinet have downloaded Signal. That includes: #BorisJohnson, #RishiSunak, #PritiPatel, #MichaelGove, Grant Shapps, Robert Jenrick, Gavin Williamson, Robert Buckland and Brandon Lewis.…
Vital evidence of government decision making is being lost to the disappearing text. That could include evidence about Brexit, the Covid response, or a political crony lobbying for government contracts.

Ask for accountability. Sign our petition
Read 4 tweets
2 Oct
🚨NEW from @allthecitizens 🚨
Anti-vax groups want to ‘save the children’ – but what do teens actually want? Our investigation for the @independent by @mccoolingtons & @kdenkwrites is out:…
2/“I think we deserve to be vaccinated because we’re out here trying to get degrees, trying to go to school, trying to live our lives,” said Izzy, 17, watching a small anti-vaccination protest in her hometown in September” #COVID #vaccine
3/ As 12-17 year olds are offered the #vaccine, anti-vax networks are gearing up to respond with increasingly extreme actions - from leaflets spreading disinfo & sending out emails containing fake NHS advice, to storming schools and discussing ways to fake a Covid test.
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1 Oct
Tory donor made life peer and appointed as government minister…
"Offord was a candidate for the Conservatives in May’s Scottish parliamentary election, a decision that prompted accusations of cronyism given that he had donated £147,500 to the party. Offord stood as a list candidate in the Lothian region, but was not elected".
.@allthecitizens have been digging into Tory donors quite a lot 👇👇👇
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