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UK Sport reportedly unsure whether it is bound by Whitehall pre-election ‘purdah’ rules

 

The report of the independent review into British Cycling may be further delayed because of Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call a snap General Election, it has emerged.

According to Telegraph Sport, elite sports funding body UK Sport, which ordered the independent review a year ago, is unsure whether it will be bound by Whitehall rules that restrict the activities of governmental departments and agencies during pre-election periods.

The so-called ‘purdah period’ is established by convention within the Civil Service rather than being laid down by statute, and the newspaper reports that UK Sport has sought advice from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

The independent panel that conducted the review was headed by Annamarie Phelps, the chairman of British Rowing.

It was set up a year ago in response to claims of bullying and discrimination made against former Great Britain Cycling Team technical director Shane Sutton and other British Cycling staff.

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It was originally due to report after the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games last year.

However, the publication date has continued to be pushed back for reasons including the number of people giving evidence, and legal arguments over how much information should be disclosed.

A draft of the report was delivered to UK Sport and British Cycling in December, and the governing body has since agreed an Action Plan with the funding agency and has overhauled its senior management team with several appointments to key positions.

Last week, British Cycling said that the report should be published next month, although the calling of the general election now throws doubt on that.

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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surly_by_name [520 posts] 2 months ago
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While I don't want to suggest that it isn't important that some lessons are learnt from the events at British Cycling, I can't help think that turning the whole thing into a re-run of the Chilcott inquiry is disproportionate and a waste of time and money.

Separately, Gov.uk says "from now until 7 May, the key principle to keep in mind is that we should do everything possible to avoid any activity that could call our political impartiality into question and to ensure that public resources are not used for party-political purposes". It's difficult to imagine how the report could have any bearing on an election that I imagine will be fought over marginally bigger issues, so not sure how there's a risk of being perceived as impartial. 

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Zjtm231 [40 posts] 2 months ago
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surly_by_name wrote:

While I don't want to suggest that it isn't important that some lessons are learnt from the events at British Cycling, I can't help think that turning the whole thing into a re-run of the Chilcott inquiry is disproportionate and a waste of time and money.

Separately, Gov.uk says "from now until 7 May, the key principle to keep in mind is that we should do everything possible to avoid any activity that could call our political impartiality into question and to ensure that public resources are not used for party-political purposes". It's difficult to imagine how the report could have any bearing on an election that I imagine will be fought over marginally bigger issues, so not sure how there's a risk of being perceived as impartial. 

It actaully is a complete and utter waste of time and money

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Must be Mad [609 posts] 2 months ago
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While I don't want to suggest that it isn't important that some lessons are learnt from the events at British Cycling, I can't help think that turning the whole thing into a re-run of the Chilcott inquiry is disproportionate and a waste of time and money.

Boom - could not agree more.

I would also add that if you are going to judge others on bad goveranance ... you need to ensure that you are well goverened yourself...

(Not saying this latest delay is a case in point, just an opinion formed from following this story for the last year.)

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jollygoodvelo [1616 posts] 2 months ago
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How extraordinarily convenient.