Court orders UK Gov to turn over polling data on “the Union”.

You’ll all recall that back in 2019, I made numerous requests to be able to see the UK Government polling on public attitudes towards the Union.

The original public freedom of information requests I submitted can be found here

The taxpayer-funded polls, which are believed to show an increase in support for Scottish independence, were shared with ministers in 2018 and 2019, but were never made public.

However, the Cabinet Office has now been ordered to publish the polls within 28 days after a two-year legal battle, led by the SNP’s Tommy Sheppard who picked up the baton and ran with it.

The Cabinet Office cited an exemption clause that related to providing a safe space for the development of government policy when they responded to my original requests for information, specifically section 35(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Now that the court has ordered that it be released, I have duly resent the original request in light of the court’s decision.

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