MANDRAKE: Dominic Grieve lifts the lid on why the Russia report still hasn’t been released

Dominic Grieve talks onstage at a 'Let Us Be Heard' rally as Pro-remain supporters gather in Westmin

Dominic Grieve talks onstage at a 'Let Us Be Heard' rally as Pro-remain supporters gather in Westminster (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images

Former Intelligence and Security Committee chair Dominic Grieve has a theory for why the Russia report is still yet to be released.

Dominic Grieve has an intriguing theory about why the report into Russian involvement in British politics has still – more than a year after the Intelligence and Security Committee completed it – failed to see the light of day. 'I can only imagine Dominic Cummings – in a fit of pique about my stance on Brexit – is behind it, but it makes no sense, as there were Leavers and Remainers on the committee when I was chairing it,' Grieve tells Mandrake. 'That never came into it, and, what's more, I'd say it's turned out to be an own goal since the speculation about the report has proved damaging for the government.'

After being cleared by the relevant agencies, the report was presented to Boris Johnson last October and he's sat on it ever since. Grieve has read it in its unredacted glory, but, mindful of the Official Secrets Act, he's not divulged a word. 'I asked the PM to ensure it was published before the election, as it was in everyone's interests to know what it contained. He's offered me no explanation for the delay, so I'm as mystified as anyone.'

There have been rumours the report raises concerns about Russian oligarchs residing in the UK who have close links to Tory politicians – and Vladimir Putin – and that it casts light on alleged interference in the EU referendum. Its thesis is said to be that Britain 'took its eye off the ball' in relation to Russia.

'It looks at the threat from Russia in the round and all I can say is that if people get to see it in its present form it may lead them to ask questions,' Grieve says.

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'The committee is being reconvened... but I've found the reasons given for the delay up until now unconvincing. Also we stopped taking evidence for the report in the latter part of 2018 and so when it does eventually come out it'll be very out of date.'

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