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24 February 2015

posted 24 Feb 2015, 02:10 by ISC Admin   [ updated 24 Feb 2015, 02:11 ]
The Chairman of the ISC, the Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, has this morning issued the following statement:
 
None of the current controversy with which I am associated is relevant to my work as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.
 
However, I have today informed my colleagues that while I will remain a member of the Committee, I will step down from the Chairmanship.
 
The Committee is due to be dissolved in little over a month with the prorogation of Parliament for the forthcoming General Election.  The main substantive work which needs to be completed will be the publication of our Privacy and Security Report during March.
 
I do not want the work of the Committee and the publication of the Report to be, in any way, distracted or affected by controversy as to my personal position.  I have concluded, therefore, that it is better that this important work should be presided over by a new Chairman.