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Past articles by peter:

Weapons makers and private firms donate £13m to get exclusive access to MPs

Revealed: Unregulated MPs’ groups took more than half their funding from private sector – including health and tobacco firms and big tech → Read More

Vaccinate the world

If we believe in democracy, economic success or basic survival, the world’s media must send the message loud and clear → Read More

The Brexit dark money lobby has a new target – climate change action

Brexit showed that a few ruthless, well-connected people with big money behind them can change history. Now they’re at it again, and the stakes are even higher → Read More

UK government under fire over ‘half-hearted’ Belarus sanctions

New UK sanctions target a range of sectors - but no words about the City of London's role in helping the Belarusian regime raise money, say MPs → Read More

Jeffrey Donaldson’s peace ‘institute’ changes name after authorities step in

Exclusive: New DUP leader’s company, which has received Foreign Office funding, rebranded after questions over right to call itself an ‘institute’ → Read More

Tories have accepted £2.6m from ‘shadowy’ donors since Boris Johnson became PM

Exclusive: Secretive groups that can keep donors anonymous have given £800,000 to ‘Red Wall’ Tory MPs since 2019 → Read More

Boris Johnson accused of attack on democracy over plan to ‘neuter’ watchdog

Exclusive: Proposed hike in power for Tory MPs and ban on UK commission prosecuting election fraud is ‘a real concern in a developed democracy’ → Read More

UK Parliament to investigate Michael Gove’s ‘Orwellian’ FOI unit

Public administration and constitutional affairs committee to launch inquiry in the wake of openDemocracy’s reporting on government secrecy → Read More

Campaigners, MPs demand investigation into UK government's secretive FOI unit

The National Union of Journalists, Campaign for Freedom of Information and others call for inquiry in wake of openDemocracy’s legal victory → Read More

Concerns raised over ‘dark money’ funding anti-lockdown MPs

Tory MP Steve Baker's Covid Recovery Group has received £10,000 in donations from an unregistered association. Experts say electoral law needs to change → Read More

What Boris Johnson’s new allies tell us about ‘Global Britain’

Welcome to the future, where a state of fewer than ten million people, led by a kleptocrat who described migrants as ‘poison’, is ‘vital’ to British prosperity → Read More

MP demands investigation into ‘dark money ads’ in Scottish election

Exclusive: SNP’s Brendan O’Hara urges Electoral Commission to respond to concerns that pro-Unionist groups flouted advertising rules → Read More

Tory dominance is likely to hasten break-up of the union

Johnson’s muscular unionism could end up tearing his ‘precious union’ apart → Read More

Why we’re taking the UK government to court to protect Freedom of Information

openDemocracy is taking legal action over the Cabinet Office’s ‘Orwellian’ Clearing House that vets FOI requests and could breach data protection law → Read More

Tory billionaire bankrolled ‘herd immunity’ scientist who advised PM against lockdown

Exclusive: Johnson ruled out lockdown 24 hours after meeting with Sunetra Gupta – resulting in ‘1.3m extra COVID infections’ → Read More

UK's anti-corruption tsar accused of defending COVID ‘cronyism’

Exclusive: Tory MP husband of Test and Trace boss Dido Harding criticised for appearing to blame ‘transparency measures’ for delaying government's COVID response → Read More

MPs earned £5m from second jobs during lockdown

Exclusive: Analysis by openDemocracy finds MPs topped up wages with money from tax havens, banks, companies that won COVID contracts, and more → Read More

United Nations hits out at UK government global research cut

Exclusive: ‘Incredibly short-sighted’ budget cuts draw international disapproval and threaten global health research → Read More

UK government accused of ‘grotesque betrayal’ as full foreign aid cuts revealed

Exclusive: Leaks reveal plans to slash aid to world’s poorest countries. Bob Geldof brands move ‘shameful’ while Tory MPs call for Commons vote → Read More

Most Northern Irish voters want DUP’s dark money revealed, research suggests

Northern Ireland Electoral Commission calls for powers to publish political donations retrospectively, including DUP’s EU referendum funding → Read More