Tory speeches back on internet archive

[Related to an earlier post about the Conservative Party disallowing access to historical material on its website.]

 The Conservatives have allowed access via an internet archive to a decade of speeches, after criticism over their removal from the party’s website.

The purge erased records of speeches and press releases from 2000 until May 2010, and a file on Conservatives.com instructed sites such as the Internet Archive and Google, which store copies of webpages for posterity, to remove the deleted pages from their databases.

Those instructions have now been amended, and 1,158 saved versions of Conservatives.com dating back to 1999 are available to view on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

The purge was first reported in Computer Weekly, which noted that among the lost speeches were several where senior party members promised to use the internet to make politicians more accountable.

 

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