Report on Russian meddling delayed until after UK elections
Intelligence committee chair Dominic Grieve has slammed Boris Johnson for denying MPs and the public access to this information before elections
London — A report into whether Russia has interfered in UK elections won’t be published until after the December 12 general election.
Parliament’s cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which has oversight of the UK’s secret agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, has been investigating the threat posed by Russia.
The committee’s reports have to be cleared by the prime minister’s office for publication, and chair Dominic Grieve last week accused Boris Johnson of delaying its release.
“Parliament and the public ought to — and must have — access to this report in the light of the forthcoming election, and it is unacceptable for the prime minister to sit on it and deny them that information,” Grieve told MPs.
But a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there were concerns there had been leaks from the ISC.
The collapse of trust between the government and the ISC is a reflection of how Brexit has poisoned relations on issues far removed from EU membership.
Grieve was nominated to the ISC in 2015 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron. At the time, he was a Conservative MP and a former attorney-general.
But Grieve was expelled from the Tory party in September for voting against Johnson, and is running as an independent in next month’s election.