Letwin disposed off sensitive official documents in an insensible way

Oliver Letwin standing by a public bin while talking on mobile and having papers in one hand

Oliver Letwin standing by a public bin while talking on mobile and having papers in one hand

Cabinet Office minister, Oliver Letwin has admitted the dumping of official documents in a park bin and made an apology after insisting that none of the discarded documents contained any classified information.

Mr. Letwin has been photographed while disposing off the documents near Downing Street on five separate occasions. The papers contain sensitive information including correspondence on terrorism and constituents’ private details.

Labour accused the Tory policy chief of treating the public “with contempt” by handling material in a very careless manner.Downing Street has admitted that such behavior does not make any sense but also confirmed that none of the information was classified.

The facts mentioned in newspapers have told that there were more than 100 papers dating from July 2010 to September 2011, and included five Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) letters. One of the dumped documents was said to contain links of Al-Qaida to Pakistan.

David Cameron, his Liberal Democrat deputy, Nick Clegg and Chancellor, George Osborne are all said to feature, as are organizations including the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the NHS.

The Cabinet Office is still investigating whether any secret material had been compromised. Mr. Letwin has agreed that he will not repeat such an insensible act of disposing off official papers.

Labour leader, Ed Miliband has said that this is not a descent way of treating important papers. Such strange behavior is not expected and should not be compromised when one is dealing in terms of sensitive documents.

Mr. Letwin’s behaviour is also being examined by the Information Commissioner along with suggestions that he may have breached the law by discarding the paperwork. However, the minister is still insisting that no government or classified information had been put at risk.

He said, “I was walking around dictating responses and simply wanted to make sure the pieces of paper were not weighing me down.”

Mr. Letwin’s history is full of ­blunders. During the 2001 general ­election, he went into hiding after claiming the Tories would slash £20billion from public spending. And in 2008, the ex-banker claimed £2,145 expenses to repair a leaking pipe under the tennis court at his country pile. He repaid the taxpayers’ cash.

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