Defending Democracy Taskforce

Home Office written question – answered on 21 July 2023.

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Photo of Simon Fell Simon Fell Conservative, Barrow and Furness

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans for the Defending Democracy Taskforce to publish an (a) plan of action and (b) report on its conclusions.

Photo of Thomas Tugendhat Thomas Tugendhat Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

As set out in the Integrated Review Refresh, the Defending Democracy Taskforce is now an enduring Government function. It is a cross-departmental and inter-agency initiative seeking to protect the democratic integrity of the UK from foreign influence. The Taskforce is working on bringing together all components of the system, working across Government and with Parliament, the UK Intelligence Community, devolved governments, local authorities, the private sector and civil society on the full range of threats facing our democratic institutions.

Meetings of the Taskforce are complemented by wider engagement with partners outside central government and Parliament. The Taskforce will continue to use targeted engagement activities to raise awareness of the Taskforce’s priorities in tackling current and future threats.

The work of this Taskforce reports to the Prime Minister via the National Security Council.

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