Labour have repeated their pledge to extend Freedom of Information laws to private companies who deliver public services.

Sadiq Khan said at the party’s conference this week:

“We’ll also extend Labour’s freedom of information law. Giving people a legal right to know how their money is being spent when private companies deliver public services.”G4S, Serco, Capita, ATOS and others subjected to the same openness we demand of the public sector.”

As it is coming up to election time there’s bound to be a few promises that won’t be kept being banded about.

It’s not the first time that Khan and Labour have made this promise though.

They did it in 2013.

They did it in 2012.

Let’s hope they don’t forget, if they win next year.


I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.