This week we published a joint letter, coordinated by Positive Money and signed by 28 cross-party MPs, calling on the chancellor to publish the shortlist for the next Bank of England governor. The letter has been covered in Bloomberg, Yahoo News, Financial News and The Times among other places.
The letter argues that publishing the shortlist would uphold public trust in the appointment process and allow for greater scrutiny by parliament. We also published a YouGov poll showing that only one in five people trust Sajid Javid to appoint the right person.
The Treasury has now responded, refusing to increase transparency. A spokesperson told City AM that ‘it would not be appropriate to put personal information, including names from the shortlist, into the public domain.’
It’s disappointing news. Publishing the shortlist of candidates vying for the top job – with their…