The last Government stated that it wanted to be the most open and transparent government in the world. Did their actions match their ambition? And what's next for making government in the UK more transparent, participatory and accountable?
We are hosting this discussion with the UK Open Government Network to explore the priorities for making the new government more open and transparent. We want to explore what open government issues matter most, and how we can take forward discussions on them.
The meeting will start with two opening statements and then we will divide into two or three working groups to discuss ideas to explore the issues in more detail.
Opening the meeting will be
Tim Hughes is the Open Government Programme Manager at Involve, with expertise in public participation and open government. Tim currently coordinates the UK Open Government Partnership civil society network (http://www.opengovernment.org.uk/), leading the engagement of civil society organisations with the development of the UK’s[masked] Open Government Partnership (http://www.opengovpartnership.org/) National Action Plan.
Emily Randall is a democracy campaigner and activist. She works at Unlock Democracy, where she has led campaigns to open up government to scrutiny. In her spare time, she organises with Democracy Club, who recently gathered and analysed thousands of election leaflets to see what politicians were saying to the electorate.
This meeting together with our Landsdowne Debate at the end of the month will both be opportunities to discuss what the new Parliament must do to enhance both openness and democracy in our public life
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