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Select committee divisions on airstrikes in Syria

The lengthy House of Commons debate and subsequent vote on air strikes in Syria revealed significant divisions both between and within parties. There were two votes in the House of Commons last night the first, on a cross-party amendment which sought to … Continue reading

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Are the British intelligence and security agencies democratically accountable?

The following essay by first year politics student, Thomas Eason, was winner of the 2015 University of Lincoln School of Social and Political Sciences prize (sponsored by Oxford University Press) for the best first year essay in politics and international relations. The British … Continue reading

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Getting their ducks in a row: a small step forward in intelligence agency accountability

The significance of last week’s appearance of intelligence agency heads before the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), far outweighed anything that actually emerged from the evidence session itself. The ISC, which was established in 1994, has until this point … Continue reading

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Watching the watchers: a serious test for the Intelligence and Security Committee

Recent months have seen a diverse cast of characters including newspaper proprietors, senior police officers and BBC executives being grilled by Parliamentary select committees. Today’s appearance of intelligence agency heads before the Intelligence and Security Committee is not likely to … Continue reading

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