Information regarding the awarding of a knighthood to Lynton Crosby.

Stuart made this Freedom of Information request to Main Honours Advisory Committee

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The request was refused by Main Honours Advisory Committee.

Dear Main Honours Advisory Committee,

Please can you provide me with copies of E mails, telephone summaries, minutes and letters in relation to award of a knighthood to Lynton Crosby.

The award of a knighthood to Lynton Crosby is of huge public interest following the controversial award to the Conservative strategist.

The knighthood award has been mentioned on the front pages of several national news papers:

New Year's Honours: Almost 30 Tory Party members or supporters receive awards amid accusations of cronyism

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol...

Tainted New Year Honours: Gongs for sex shop queen, boss of shambolic tax office and cronies, donors and bungling bureaucrats

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

A Question of Honour - The new year list should be a roll-call of exceptional achievement, but its value is diluted by awards for time-servers and one for serial failure

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/le...

A knighthood for Lynton Crosby: government under fire for political honours

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/...

New Year's Honours: Tory MP Mark Garnier condemns Lynton Crosby knighthood

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol...

It is no surprise that the honours list rewards Tory Party cronyism

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14...

Outcry over 'tainted' UK honours system

http://www.smh.com.au/world/outcry-over-...

'It's OUTRAGEOUS': Andy Burnham blasts gong for PM's election guru as storm rages over awards for cronies, donors and failures

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

Lynton Crosby knighthood discredits honours system, say Labour MPs

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015...

YP Comment: Knighthood for Tory election chief is insulting to flooding ‘heroes’

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opin...

The honours system is entrenching elitism in British society by rewarding political work

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/the-...

New Year Honours 2016: Lynton Crosby knighthood criticised by Labour

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35...

Labour MPs hit out at Lynton Crosby knighthood report

https://www.politicshome.com/party-polit...

Knighthood for David Cameron's election chief Lynton Crosby is 'bad idea' says senior Tory MP

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/h...

'Knighthood' for Lynton Crosby, Australian political strategist, under fire in United Kingdom

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/p...

New Year Honours 2016: Lynton Crosby knighthood criticised by Labour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JAD1XSK...

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/LyntonCrosby...

thousands of twitter users are talking about the outrage of Lynton Crosby's knighthood award.

to quote just a few:

"The award given to #LyntonCrosby shows that Cameron and the Tory party really have no self awareness of how they appear to the rest of UK" - @WorkPsychol

"I thought the New Years honours was for people who have achieved something for country not getting corrupt Tories in power #LyntonCrosby" - @trannymum

"@PA @gareththomaslab Alongside #LyntonCrosby, you see what #cameron means by 2016 as a 'game-changer'-give even more to your mates #corrupt" - @legalolder

"Knighthood for #LyntonCrosby is a kick in the teeth for all those working hard and campaigning to reduce cancer risk http://www.tobaccotactics.org/index.php/... …" - @cpeedell

"How can tobacco lobbyist who masterminded election misinformation campaign that undermined our democracy deserve knighthood? #LyntonCrosby" - @marcuschown

"People maybe should be honoured for services to politics. Perhaps not for servicing one particular political party. #LyntonCrosby" - @Baddiel

"Getting Tories elected sick making but its the services to tobacco that make me choke on this abuse of power #LyntonCrosby" - @LBHLFCOMMAND

many more examples can be provided.

In this case openness and transparancy previal over the privacy and secrecy of the new years honors list.

There is huge public interest, the public want to know why Lynton Crosby was awarded the knighthood.

UK natitonal law under Section 37(1) (b) the Main Honours Advisory Committee must take into account public interest, in this case considering the huge public interest regarding the individuals award it is in the publics interest to see the openness and transparency of the selection process regarding Lynton Crosby's knighthood award.

If the documents cannot be released because of "personal information" reasons please can you:

1. list what "types" of personal information are in the documents (e.g. phone numbers, Date of Birth, email addresses etc..) does this personal infomation appear in all of the documents and for what reason?

2. please blank out (censor) any personal infomation, I only want to see the discussions and reasons why the individual was awarded not any personal information.

If the information still cannot be released please can you tell me how the general public can view these documents and make sure the process isn't open to corruption behind closed doors?

Yours faithfully,

Stuart

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