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Bury St Edmunds group lobby Matt Hancock and Jo Churchill over Russian Interference Report




More than 100 have signed letters to Jo Churchill and Matt Hancock to demand the release of the Russian Interference Report.

Bury St Edmunds Open Britain organised the campaign to lobby the respective Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk MPs over the paper transparency.

The report details the Kremlin’s alleged influence in UK politics through cash donations, political contacts and social media manipulation.

Christina Birt and Robert Duncan deliver the letter to Jo Churchill's office in campaign to end Russian interferance. Picture by Mark Westley.
Christina Birt and Robert Duncan deliver the letter to Jo Churchill's office in campaign to end Russian interferance. Picture by Mark Westley.

But despite being completed in March 2019 and cleared for publication last October, it still has not been released. This is despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson stating that it would be released after the general election in December, in which he won a majority.

Christina Birt, leader of Bury St Edmunds Open Britain, took the letter to the postbox of Jo Churchill’s constituency office in Bury St Edmunds last week.

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She said: “The withholding of the report is a threat to our democracy and a potential threat to our national security.

“The release of the full report it more important now than ever before given our need for a strong country, strong NHS and a sound basis for a strong economy to get us through Covid-19 and to recovery.”

Christina Birt and Robert Duncan deliver the letter to Jo Churchill's office in campaign to end Russian interferance. Picture by Mark Westley.
Christina Birt and Robert Duncan deliver the letter to Jo Churchill's office in campaign to end Russian interferance. Picture by Mark Westley.

Campaigners ventured out last week to the constituency office, feeling the campaign was especially necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.

Open Britain activist Julia Young said: “At a time where public trust in its politicians is at an all-time low it is vital that trust in our politicians is rebuilt.”

Robert Duncan, who joined Ms Birt, at the post box, added: “It is in the public interest that this full report is released immediately.”

Matt Hancock has declined the chance to comment, while Jo Churchill's office has also been contacted.

Christina Birt added: "I wanted to meet with Jo Churchill and Matt Hancock to discuss it but it might not be possible with the virus.

"People might be asking why we feel the need to do this now, with everything that is going on. But I think it is more important than ever to ensure there that information reported is accurate and free from any interference."

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