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PMQs: Boris Johnson faces fresh calls to release Russia Report

Boris Johnson has faced more pressure to release a Parliamentary report into Russian election interference, after the Prime Minister was called out again at PMQs.

Speaking in the Commons, SNP MP Richard Thompson pointed out that the wife of a former Putin minister had paid £20,000 for lunch with Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in 2018.

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Thompson then asked the PM, “why his government has yet to publish the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report into alleged Russian interference?”

The report, which has been completed, examines whether Russia tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 EU referendum and the 2017 general election. Its publication has been delayed since December, which has led to speculation that it could implicate the Conservative Party.

Johnson responded by saying the report would be published once the Intelligence and Security Committee has appointed new members, but said that Thompson would be “disappointed” by its findings.

That is probably because, as we reported previously, the document is expected to be heavily redacted.

We need to keep up the pressure.


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