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Liz JARVIS: We should be concerned about Russian vote meddling

November 13, 2019 3:55 PM

In an article originally published by CityAM.com, Lib Dem candidate for Southampton Itchen Liz Jarvis writes:
Liz Jarvis for Southampton Itchen
"In just over four weeks, voters will go to the polls without knowing whether or not they can trust the Conservatives on the issue of alleged Russian interference into the 2016 Brexit referendum.

"The decision by Downing Street to suppress the publication of this report until after this election is extremely concerning, and frankly sets off very loud alarm bells. No wonder Hillary Clinton described the reluctance to release it as "damaging, inexplicable, and shaming". The public has the right to know what is in the report, and the fact that it isn't being released until after the election implies that the government has something to hide.

"Voters need to know that our democracy is being properly respected, and the government has a duty to be transparent. If it can't reassure us that the allegations of Russian interference into British politics over what has proven to be the most divisive public vote in our country's history are unfounded, then serious questions must be answered before 12 December."