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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:29 PM

Julian Lewis has Tory whip removed after beating Chris Grayling to top security job

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Mr Lewis, who was elected as chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee in a surprise turn on Wednesday, has been booted out of the parliamentary Tory party after defeating Chris Grayling.

A senior government source accused Mr Lewis of “working with Labour and other opposition MPs for his own advantage”.

Mr Grayling was Number 10’s preferred choice to lead the ISC, which oversees the work of MI5, MI6, GCHQ and the other intelligence and security services.

https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/chris-grayling-fails-to-become-security-committee-chair-as-no10s-choice-overlooked-in-favour-of-julian-lewis


A few aspects to this.

Failing Grayling lives up to his name in grand style yet again. Much hilarity is being enjoyed at the irony of the would-be chair of the Intelligence Committee seemingly being utterly blindsided by Lewis's behind-the-scenes manoeuvres.

Lewis's almost instant ejection from the Parliamentary Conservative Party could be seen as a kneejerk act of petulance worthy of Dominic Cummings or an attempt to put a shot across the bows of any other Tory MPs tempted to display disloyalty.

The chances of the Russia report seeing light of day any time soon are likely higher than they would have been under the favoured placeman Grayling. It wouldn't be surprising if this was part of the bargaining between Lewis and the Labour and SNP MPs who supported his candidacy.

I must confess to having had a brush with Lewis in the 1980s, when he was chair of the Coalition for Peace Through Security. His main activities at the time consisted of dogging the steps of CND's Bruce Kent, especially during a long peace walk Kent undertook from Faslane to Aldermaston. At least in the initial stages, Lewis and his sole companion and their placards received decidely frosty welcomes in the towns en route. At the beginning of the walk, a police inspector chatting with us at the Faslane gates looked across at Lewis and pal and asked, "Those the fascists, then?"

It remains to be seen whether Lewis is as suspicious about Russia's intentions nowadays as he was in the 1980s.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 04:47 PM

1. Of course he has

They are petty despots. And at least we will see Russia report

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 05:58 PM

2. Lewis's statement today, among the media furore:

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 04:05 PM

3. The intolerance for dissent in the Tory party...

is getting quite worrying.

It used to be the Labour Party that sometimes went overboard with deselections; Tory rebels might be sacked or passed over for Cabinet positions but not kicked out of the Party.

There's this about it, however: if Boris does similar stuff in the end to enough Tory MPs, he will end up risking his majority.

PS I'm no special fan of arch-Brexiteer Lewis, but the thought of Grayling in charge of anything with 'Intelligence' in its name is essence of pure irony, doubly distilled!

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