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Government refuses to release Lebedev peerage details despite MPs’ instruction

Commons told ministers to publish information after revelations of intelligence service concerns over businessman’s appointment

The government has declined a Commons instruction to release information about the decision to make Evgeny Lebedev a peer, saying this would undermine the confidentiality of those nominated and could degenerate into “political point-scoring”.

Labour called the decision “a cover-up”, and promised more action over what it called a contempt of parliament.

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