Mr Grayling was beaten out to the position by fellow Conservative MP Julian Lewis. Mr Lewis had the party whip withdrawn shortly afterwards. A statement from the committee said: “The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP has, in accordance with the Justice and Security Act, written to the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament tendering his resignation from the Committee.
“The Chairman has sent a reply.”
Mr Grayling served as transport secretary for three years in Theresa May’s Government.
Mr Johnson and his top adviser Dominic Cummings had backed Mr Grayling to head the cross-party group of MPs.
But Mr Lewis thwarted his bid for the chairman position with the help of opposition lawmakers.
The move was seen as a blow to Mr Johnson and Mr Cummings.
The Prime Minister likely assumed his nominee would be elected by members, given the Tory-majority on the committee.
BBC political correspondent Chris Mason tweeted: ” e didn’t get the job he expected to get, and now he’s packed it in all together.”
The Intelligence and Security Committee of MPs and peers oversses the activities of the security and intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 and the government’s GCHQ eavesdropping centre.
Members have access to high-level state secrets.
The Prime Minister nominates lawmakers for a place on the panel and they report to Number 10, rather than directly to Parliament.
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Published at Fri, 28 Aug 2020 18:29:00 +0000