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

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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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