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Julian Lewis strikes a blow for parliamentary integrity

The government thinks it should control MPs’ behaviour. The new chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee has shown not everyone agrees

By Hannah White  

Official parliamentary portrait of Julian Smith

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC)—a joint Commons and Lords committee that scrutinises the work of the intelligence agencies—has a new chair. But despite the great effort the government seems to have gone to in recent weeks to ensure that members of the committee elected its own choice—former minister Chris Grayling—to this prestigious position, the new occupant of the role is… Julian Lewis.

Lewis, a former chair of the Defence Committee, is now also a former Conservative MP, having had the whip removed…

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