This week, MPs began debating amendments to the Official Secrets Act, but one potential new clause was conspicuously absent. A public interest defence for responsible whistle-blowers was not selected by the government for consideration in the House of Commons despite strong cross-party support. Powerscourt consultant Harold Amoo, who has been working on this legislation with director Mark Leftly since late 2020, speaks to political analyst Michael Keating about MPs’ reactions and the potential next steps for their campaign.
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