councillor enters row over MP's 'information breach'
Burnham-On-Sea district councillor has called on Bridgwater's
MP to consider stepping down after an alleged 'information breach'.
Ian Liddell-Grainger posted a letter from a member of the public,
showing his full home address on the Internet.
The MP has been reported to the Information Commissioner by Christopher
Foster, of Reading University, following a row between the men
over a butterfly study.
Leach, district councillor for Highbridge and Burnham Marine,
pictured right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday: "As
a result of his actions, I fully believe Mr Liddell-Grainger should
consider his position."
a Member of Parliament, he should know full well that any correspondence
he receives should remain confidential, any member of the public
should be able to write to an MP with full confidence of that
letter remaining private."
an MP of over 12 years experience, I am astounded by his actions.
I am further shocked by his refusal to apologise or even accept
he has done something wrong. How can anyone trust him with their
discussions between the MP and Christopher Foster began earlier
this year when the MP criticised a plan to spend £18,000
studying butterflies on Exmoor. When
supporters of the study got in touch, Mr Liddell-Grainger put
some emails to him on his blog, which included Mr Foster's letter.
But Mr Liddell-Grainger has this week played down the matter,
saying: "I haven't had a direct complaint. All I have done
is reproduce a letter on a website. The letter wasn't marked 'Private
and Confidential' or for my eyes only. He is not a constituent
of mine - I have never breached a constituent's trust. It is a
non-issue as far as I am concerned. The bigger issue is the wasting
of taxpayers' money on a butterfly study."