Author Archives: Andrew Defty

Spies in Parliament: not as unusual as you might think

It is not clear what The Daily Telegraph hoped to achieve with its front-page claim that Conservative leadership candidate, Rory Stewart, was once a member of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). The claim is, at best, old news and seems … Continue reading

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The Intelligence and Security Committee and the Privy Council

At a meeting at Windsor Castle at the end of April the Labour MP, Kevan Jones, was appointed as a member of the Privy Council. Mr Jones can now adopt the title, Right Honourable, and unless he chooses to resign, … Continue reading

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The Intelligence and Security Committee: a committee in decline?

This post first appeared on the blog of the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Parliaments. It is based on my paper presented at the group’s Legislatures in Uncertain Times conference, held at the Scottish Parliament in November 2017. The Intelligence … Continue reading

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Why is it taking so long to appoint a new Intelligence and Security Committee?

This post first appeared on the Democratic Audit blog in September 2017. The recent botched terrorist attack on a London tube train, following this summer’s attacks at London Bridge, Finsbury Park, and Manchester, have served to highlight the fact that … Continue reading

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General Election 2017: The Unwelcome Impact on the Work of the Intelligence and Security Committee

This post first appeared on the RUSI blog in May 2017. The announcement of a snap general election and the rapid conclusion of the shortest Parliament for more than 40 years have undoubtedly placed considerable strain on Westminster. Legislation has … Continue reading

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