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LOrd Bew, chairman of the House of Lords Nominations Committee (Holac), told MPs there was ‘no pressure’ on them when it came to granting Lord Lebedev a peerage .

Questions have been raised over whether Boris Johnson asked anyone in the security service to revise, reconsider or withdraw his assessment of the media mogul, whose father was a KGB officer, before his appointment in November 2020.

Lord Bew, an unattached peer, told the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) this morning that, although Lord Lebedev was a ‘unique’ case involving security checks, the committee had approved his peerage without interference.

“There was no pressure on this candidate – I think that’s probably worth saying,” the historian said.

He said the committee had requested more information from the security services to understand what information they were sharing, but denied that a ‘warning’ had been sent to Mr Johnson about the appointment.

“We did what we often do: we said ‘You told us ‘x’, you really need to tell us more’,” Lord Bew said.

“They didn’t say, ‘what we said in the first place was wrong’. They said, “Here’s a little more, here’s a little more.” That’s how it goes, it’s a process of elaboration, a process of clarification, we have to know as much as possible.

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