Author Archives: Andrew Defty

The Wilson doctrine: tapping the telephones of members of parliament

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal will today consider the legality of a convention whereby the communications of parliamentarians may not be subject to interception by the intelligence agencies. In a case brought by the Green MP, Caroline Lucas, the Peer, Jenny Jones, … Continue reading

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Where is the Intelligence and Security Committee?

It is more than two months since the general election and new Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has yet to be appointed. The delay in appointing the new committee is beginning to raise eyebrows, and questions, in Parliament and beyond. … Continue reading

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Time to adopt a different approach to appointing members of the Intelligence and Security Committee

This post first appeared on the Democratic Audit blog in March 2015. In the last two weeks the Intelligence and Security Committee has lost its Chair, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who remains as a member of the committee, and one of … Continue reading

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Jobs for the boys? Women members of the Intelligence and Security Committee

In a publication clearly timed to coincide with this weekend’s International Women’s Day the Intelligence and Security Committee has published a report on Women in the UK Intelligence Community. The report reveals somewhat disappointing, if not entirely surprising, information about … Continue reading

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s status as Chair of the ISC

The ‘cash for access’ allegations against that the former foreign secretaries, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, have led  to both being suspended from their parliamentary parties. There are clearly wider questions to be answered about the outside interests of … Continue reading

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