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Russia: Subversion

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any unsuccessful attempts have been made by Russia to interfere in the UK's democratic processes in the last three years.

Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Cabinet Office, whether any indirect attempts have been made by Russia to interfere in the UK's democratic processes in each of the last three years.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Government has said previously that we have not seen evidence of successful foreign interference in UK elections and we take any allegations of interference in UK democratic processes by a foreign government extremely seriously. That remains the case. We know that certain states routinely use disinformation and other means as a foreign policy tool, and have seen evidence of this happening elsewhere. It should therefore not surprise us that they might try to influence democratic processes in the UK.

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