A secret intelligence report on threats to UK democracy that named nine Conservative Party donors from Russia has reportedly been blocked by the government.
The Tory party donors were identified in a report by the cross-party intelligence and security select committee (ISC) which has been investigating illegal Russian activities in Britain.
Downing Street is said to have blocked the publication of the report because it needs more time to redact information.
But the Sunday Times, which revealed the secret report, said security agencies are ‘furious’ with the hold up because steps have already been taken to protect sensitive information.
The donors mentioned in the report include Alexander Temerko, who has worked for the Kremlin defence ministry and gifted more than £1.2m to the Tories over seven years.
Temerko, who described himself as a ‘friend’ to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is not accused of illegal activity in the Sunday Times article.
Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, told MPs that the delay in releasing the report was ‘unprecedented and clearly politically motivated’.
She said: ‘I fear it is because they realise that this report will lead to other questions about the links between Russia and Brexit and the current leadership of the Tory party which risks derailing their election campaign.
‘What is Downing Street so worried about?’
A Conservative Party spokesman said it cannot ‘speculate on what may or may not have been in a leaked parliamentary report’.