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E-petitions website set to be scrapped

The government looks likely to backtrack on part of its transparency pledge by scrapping the popular e-petitions service on the Number 10 website.

Despite the coalition's recent move to drive transparency in government by making public sector expenditure available on the web, it is expected to scrap the e-petitions website designed to encourage voter engagement with politics.

Launched under Labour, e-petitions had previously been used by the public to embarrass Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - 100,000 people used it to demand Brown's resignation in April last year.

Senior Whitehall sources told The Guardian that it will be scrapped in part because of the negative publicity it generated.

"The overall future of all HM Government digital comms and engagement is bound into the Martha Lane Fox review, which will be announced imminently. The future of e-petitions will be part of that review," said a note on the website.


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