Carmichael: Government block on election interference report “alarming”

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has denounced as “alarming” an announcement on Monday that the Government will block release of a parliamentary report on Russian interference in UK elections. The report, which examines attempts to influence the result of the 2016 EU referendum, has been signed off for publication by the UK’s intelligence agencies, but No. 10 has said it will not release it before the general election on 12 December.

Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:

“This Government is the only thing standing between the British public and essential information about Russia’s attempts to influence our electoral system. Their move to block publication is all the more alarming with a general election on the way. The people have a right to know what has gone on.”

He added:

“We may finally see this report and conclude that there was never anything to be concerned about. I would like to believe that. But it would fly in the face of what we already know about Russian election interference around the world. Today’s concealment and sleight of hand does not provide much reassurance.

“This should not be a party political issue. What possible reason could Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings have to hide this report?”

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