Lawyers acting for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have written to Number 10 urging it to publish a long-overdue report by parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) into Russian interference in the UK.
The report by the ISC, parliament’s watchdog on intelligence matters, had been cleared for release by the UK’s spy agencies and was awaiting Boris Johnson’s approval, which he failed to give before dissolving parliament for an early general election – a decision without precedent in the history of the committee.
More than six months after the general election, the Intelligence and Security Committee has still not been formed by the new parliament, which relies on the prime minister to recommend members for its approval. The delay is the longest in the history of the committee since its inception in 1994.
“It’s absolutely disgraceful,” said Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a Conservative former foreign secretary and ISC chair from 2010 to 2015. “I’m bemused as to why it’s taking so long. It must be a question of who the government is trying to get in as chairman and the extent to which there’s resistance from Conservative backbenchers.”
Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, added: “The Intelligence and Security Committee has an important role and it’s important it starts work again soon.”
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