And one person fought harder than anyone else to make this possible. Tucked away in the back of New Labour’s 1997 manifesto is a promise. It’s in a short, bullet-pointed list of other policies, and comprises just three words: “Freedom of information”. In the latest episode of the Telegraph’s Expenses podcast, the journalist and freedom of information expert Heather Brooke talks about her years-long campaign to have MPs’ expenses made public — and the effect that the 2009 scandal… No one in Westminster paid much attention to it at the time — but over the following years, this promise would slowly pass into law, and become a lever with which journalists could start to prise open government secrets. read more