Number 10 has insisted MPs will decide who will lead a key parliamentary watchdog, amid rumours Conservative members will be whipped to pick Downing Street’s preferred candidate.
After nearly eight months, the Intelligence and Security committee is due to be convened next week after names were finally put forward yesterday.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said those nominated for the ISC — including former transport secretary Chris Grayling, who is tipped as its chairman — would “ensure robust and effective scrutiny” of the UK’s security services.
Although the Prime Minister’s spokesman did not comment on the individuals who have been put forward, he said they were all “senior parliamentarians with extensive range of experience including in government opposition and in Parliament”
Number 10 did not reject outright reports that the Tory nominees were being asked to back the man