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Press Cycle 33 - Official Secrets Act  

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Faye Gallacher
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20/07/2019 6:47 pm  

I'm confused by Conservative comments that the Prime Minister is manipulating the OSA like it is a tool that can be employed casually at the Prime Minister's whim. The OSA surrounds all conversations surrounding matters of national security, which her conversation with William Croft did. It makes sense that the Conservatives do not understand the OSA - it appears to be why they do not understand how serious classified information is and why they are so willing to discard it as soon as they're protected by Parliamentary privilege.

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Faye Gallacher
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20/07/2019 7:01 pm  

The government's most important priority is to protect its people, and ensuring information surrounding national security is classified is a crucial way to fulfil that responsibility. By pulling this political stunt the Opposition have shown they cannot be trusted to stick to that crucial responsibility. Whatever they've said in Parliament and the press, you do not get to 'copy and paste' what aspects of a classified conversation you think will not threaten national security as the Opposition believe you do - that sets a dangerous precedent. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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AL2016
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20/07/2019 7:27 pm  

It is clear that the man auditioning to protect our national security – the Shadow Foreign Secretary – has put it at risk instead, and betrayed the trust of the nation. The Official Secrets Act exists because there is some information that is so critical to the security of our nation and the safety of our communities that it has to be prevented from being popular knowledge, while recognising that it should be shared with the appropriate individuals. It does not exist for an opposition party to try and embarrass the government, or booster their polling.

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AL2016
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20/07/2019 8:36 pm  

Our national security – and the information that protects it – should be placed above politics. For years, it was and politicians worked together to ensure this. But the Conservative Party, and the Shadow Foreign Secretary in particular, have conspired to undermine this for political gain. The Conservative Party has prioritised its political stunts over our nation’s security, with potentially destructive consequences for our national security in the future.

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William Croft
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22/07/2019 12:35 am  

I want to thank the Metropolitan Police for the professional, impartial manner in which they conducted this very serious investigation. I am pleased to have all of the facts presented to the British people, and for it to be confirmed that the Government's allegations of compromising national security to be confirmed as nothing more than political spin. The conclusion of the investigation confirms that the Prime Minister acted inappropriately, and prioritized political self interest over the good of the country. From day one I have made it clear that the British people deserve to know what their elected leaders are doing and saying behind closed doors, and I am incredibly pleased that this investigation has restored needed transparency to the Government.

I now look forward to continuing the important work the Opposition is pursuing in Parliament, and getting back to the issues that effect the lives of the British people on a daily basis.  

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Steven Andrews
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22/07/2019 6:10 am  

Given the Met's announcement, a whole bunch of Labour members owe William Croft an apology.  It is one thing to disagree with his decision and entirely another to start demanding a resignation when someone has not even done anything objectively wrong.  Labour's MPs were far too quick to jump at a mirage.

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Roger Brigham
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22/07/2019 1:17 pm  

Police investigation made clear that the PM is unfit for the office. I understand that in some cases, there should be official secrets to preserve the integrity of our military operations, but in the case of the meeting between the PM and the Shadow Secretary this can't be applied, the PM abused power because of her condition and used it to intimidate the Opposition, fortunately, Conservatives fought to find the truth and it arrived, one message is clear, the PM abused her office. I thank the Police for the investigation.

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Roger Brigham
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22/07/2019 1:27 pm  

Conservatives are the most transparent party in the United Kingdom. While the Coalition attacked us with empty accusations, we have kept calm and the have stayed in the legal margins. What the investigation shows is that the PM didn't act with transparency, hiding to the British people how she intimidates our MP's, at the end, how she is treating our constituents, because an attack against a MP is an attack against all their constituents. The PM betrayed the confidence of the British people and we must remind it, we can't act as if this had not happened.

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William Croft
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22/07/2019 3:31 pm  

With the Metropolitan Police releasing the findings of their investigation, I think it's more important than ever for MPs to turn their focus back on the issues that matter to the British people. Bringing to light the Prime Minister's indiscretions was important, as it served as a necessary reminder that no politician is above the law, but now that she has been held accountable we must get back to doing the people's work. The Conservative Party has prepared bold, dynamic, and exciting policy proposals in manifestos that we will release when elections begin later this week. All of these policies are designed to return power to the British people, make government work better for all of us, and to ensure that everyone has an equal shot at achieving success. 

I'm thrilled to present our ideas to the British people, and to introduce the next phase of the Conservative's Opportunity Agenda. This is our compact to the British people; our solemn promise that if we are entrusted to govern on your behalf, we will move out country forward. 

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Faye Gallacher
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22/07/2019 4:42 pm  

From what I understand, the Prime Minister was ultimately concerned about William Croft's statements and how they would damage Britain's national security and diplomatic security - it is clear that she was defending Britain's interests and national security, which is something I hope the British public can see now that she's been cleared.

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Faye Gallacher
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22/07/2019 4:44 pm  

What we must not forget amongst talks of investigations and impeachment is that William Croft is unfit to be Foreign Secretary: he has acted rashly every step of the way, putting national security second as he has sought to make political points and political stunts. I still strongly believe he should resign and reflect after this debacle. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Macmillan
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22/07/2019 10:57 pm  

The Prime Minister has been found out and all Labour want to talk about is how the whistle-blower did his job and exposed a potentially corrupt official to full public scrutiny, public scrutiny which certainly did not even begin to exonerate the PM anywhere near as completely as it exonerated William. The bottom line here is that the Prime Minister attempted to intimidate a leading member of the opposition into silence, showing how unfit she is for office. Intimidation is the weapon of the autocrat and the dictator, not the British Prime Minister.

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General Goose
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22/07/2019 11:23 pm  

This furore has been, I think, the height of insular Westminster politics, a divisive drama that distracts from the issues, issues such as climate change, health and education where this government is making real and bold progressive change. It's clear that this was a sorry and sad episode for all involved, but as the Met Police found no laws were broken, it is important for us in politics to be respectful of that going forward. The most important lesson from all this is that William Croft - a man who falsely accused critical partners of sponsoring terrorism, accuses his political opponents of disloyalty to the nation, and seemingly on a whim decided to tear up the Iran nuclear deal that his own party helped negotiate - is grossly unfit for the office of Foreign Secretary. Much of the recent diplomatic legwork of the past few weeks has been reassuring our allies that, no, Croft's erratic and unaccountable policy decisions do not represent the views of the British government. 

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Roger Brigham
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23/07/2019 2:27 am  

I come from the Parliament after debating one of the biggest threats in modern times against our modern democracy. I made a speech asking answers to the Prime Minister, because as the Head of Government she is the biggest responsible of this scandal. Unfortunately she wasn't there, she has never been during the debate of the Motion, she's ashamed and is hiding in Downing Street because she feels guilty British people ask answers, we need them and from the Prime Minister. Only Conservatives can get the PM out of Downing Street making her to give some explanations, but forever. Let's vote Tory in the next elections.

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Kandler
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06/08/2019 1:04 pm  

Overall, this doesn't look good on anybody.

The Prime Minister didn't do anything illegal or technically improper, but in the minds of many she definitely overstepped the line. Croft could have been utterly vindicated; but the Tories' determination to turn the whole saga into a pointscoring matter reflected poorly on them. On the whole, Croft performs strongly and emerges looking good - but there are still serious doubts about Conservative policy on the middle east and on security more generally. The PM's warnings about Pakistan, whether true or not, are taken seriously.

In the press battle, overall this is a slight Conservative win. But nobody is smelling of roses right now.

The Prime Minister needs to be careful - deploying the OSA in this manner is legal, but people feel a little uneasy about it. It feeds into the narrative established by her alleged misuse of the 10 Downing Street Twitter feed; leaders need to be seen as purer than pure, and the public are hyper-sensitive to any inkling of dodginess after Cambelgate.

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