Feeds

MySociety denies role in Blears sacking

TheyNeverDoneIt

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Politico website MySociety has denied any role in a chain of events which reportedly led to the sacking of a civil servant for criticising boat rocking ex-Cabinet Minister Hazel Blears.

This morning we reported on the apparent sacking of civil servant Lisa Greenwood for posting comments to TheyWorkForYou.com which were rude about ex-Communities minister Blears.

Greenwood reportedly posted comments describing Blears as a disgrace on the political engagement site. The comments were traced to her work email address and she was sacked. But MySociety - the organisation behind TheyWorkForYou - believes that no such comments have ever been posted on any of their sites.

Matthew Somerville of MySociety, said: "There is no comment on TheyWorkForYou containing the text quoted in that article, nor anything like it, nor has there ever been. Nor in fact (as I've checked), on HearFromYourMP, WriteToThem, or WhatDoTheyKnow. Only one comment has been left on any contribution by Hazel Blears in 2009, and it's definitely not related to this.

"27 comments were left on 13th May; I've just read them all and they're all nothing to do with this."

The group insisted it has not been contacted by anyone from the DCSF to help with any investigation into posters on its sites.

This morning's Telegraph story, which we covered here, said Greenwood's comments were traced to her work email address.

We've left messages with the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the public sector unions, we'll get back to you as and when they talk to us.

MySociety also pointed out that TheyWorkForYou is not government funded, but paid for by consultancy work carried out by MySociety. It did receive public sector money for adding historical information, however.

Their blog post on the subject is here.®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.