Former cabinet minister Chris Grayling – dubbed the failure’s failure as he has yet to find a job he can’t do badly – looks set to chair the influential Intelligence and Security Committee.
His first challenge will be to decide when – if ever – to publish the long-awaited report into alleged Russian interference in UK politics.
The Prime Minister was given the 50-page dossier last October. It was cleared for publication before the December general election but Boris stopped it, reportedly so it did not affect voting.
But eight months later it still has not seen the light of day sparking speculation it reveals details of Moscow’s attempts to influence the Conservative Party and promote Brexit.
Chris Grayling cock ups include offering a £13m contract to a ferry company that didn’t have ferries, for services to ports that had no facilities to receive them. At the last count he is accused of wasting £3bn.
Boris added Grayling to the list of nominees for the Intelligence and Security Committee. They include:
- Tory former ministers Theresa Villiers and Sir John Hayes Senior;
- Conservative backbenchers Julian Lewis and Mark Pritchard;
- Labour’s Kevan Jones and Diana Johnson, and the SNP’s Stewart Hosie
They will be joined by peers nominated to the joint committee, which keeps an eye on the UK’s intelligence and security agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.
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