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Chris Grayling fails to become chair of intelligence and security committee after Tory challenge | Politics News



Chris Grayling, Downing Street’s pick to chair the prestigious intelligence and security committee, has been usurped by another Tory candidate. 

The former transport secretary, nicknamed “Failing Grayling” for presiding over a series of government mishaps, had been tipped by Downing Street to get the top job.

Number 10 assumed given the Tory-majority on the committee, their nominee would be elected by the members.

But Dr Julian Lewis, a Conservative MP and former chair of the defence select committee, surprised Westminster-watchers by putting himself forward.

With the contest split, he and Labour members voted that he become chair – securing a majority.

His first job will be overseeing publication of the Russia report into alleged election meddling, which has been delayed for months.

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