In the latest edition of ‘An Evening with…’ Gordon Burns will be speaking to the UK’s Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham.

The event will take place at 6pm on Thursday 19 May at the University of Bolton.

Christopher Graham will give attendees an exclusive, no-holds barred insight about his role in the ICO overseeing the enforcement of the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts.

Freedom of Information requests have been hugely prevalent in the media since their introduction in 2005.

They have brought to light the MP expenses scandal, that hundreds of thousands of phone calls to the 101 non-emergency police number go unanswered and to ensure that food hygiene ratings for restaurants and cafes in the UK are made public.

More than 400,000 requests have been made under Freedom of Information laws in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since their introduction 10 years ago.

The Act has proved equally controversial within Whitehall with Tony Blair describing them as one of his biggest regrets in his time as Prime Minister.

In contrast, former Liberal Democrat Justice Minister Simon Hughes described them as a ‘triumph for transparency’ and ‘a fundamental right of all citizens to be able to hold their government to account.’

Due to retire in June, Christopher Graham will look back on his career which started as a journalist and led to his 2009 appointment as Information Commissioner by Her Majesty The Queen.
The evening will start at 6pm with registration, networking opportunities, and buffet and refreshments, followed by the main event in the Deane Lecture Theatre, aiming to finish at 8pm.

The lecture will be particularly relevant to students studying business, law and media courses at the University.

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