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MP David Davies Accuses Intelligence & Security Committee Of Failing To Do Its Job

The committee monitoring the security services has been taken in by the “glamour” of spying and is failing to do its job, its founder has said.

David DavisConservative MP David Davis said the Intelligence and Security Committee had been “captured by the agencies they are supposed to be overseeing”.

And ex-chairman Sir Malcolm Rifkind acted as a “spokesman” for MI5, MI6 and GCHQ rather than a watchdog.

Sir Malcolm said the criticisms were “ludicrous” and had no basis in fact. He said Mrs Davis had been “captured” by the civil liberties lobby.

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Sir Malcolm was this week forced to step down as chairman of the committee after five years over “cash-for-access” claims.

He will carry on as a committee member until the election in May, when he will step down as an MP.

The Tory MP and Labour MP Jack Straw were secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private firm for cash. Both deny wrongdoing.

In an interview for BBC Radio 4’s Yesterday in Parliament, to be aired at 2330 on Friday, Mr Davis said members of the security services had told him privately that they “have never taken the ISC seriously, saying ‘well they only know what we tell them'”.

He said security committees around the world were prone to fall into the same trap as the ISC.

“What sort of people join an Intelligence and Security Committee? They approve of what the agencies are trying to do, as do most of us.

“But they are excited by it and they get taken in. It is a very glamorous world and they feel privileged to be inside it so there is a tendency to capture.”

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Advocacy Group Cage Causes Controversy Over Mohammed Emwazi

As details emerged about the identity of “Jihadi John”, the masked Islamic State militant pictured in several hostage videos, questions started to arise Qureshi, Rees And Bullivant At Cage Press Conferenceabout Cage, the advocacy group that had been in close contact with the man now known to be called Mohammed Emwazi between 2009 and 2012.

Cage has caused controversy by suggesting that MI5 harassment could have contributed to the radicalisation of the Kuwaiti-born computer graduate who grew up in west London.

Human rights groups say they are doing “vital work” but critics have called the organisation “apologists for terror”.

Cage describes itself as “an independent organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror” and has spoken out against the UK’s anti-terrorism laws.

Cage said Mohammed Emwazi had sought their assistance after being interrogated by a British security official in the Netherlands following an attempted visit to Tanzania.

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the security services amid criticism that they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi from leaving the UK for Syria.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said accusations that the security services were at fault were “incredible”.

He said: “It is beyond satire and amounts to nothing less than an apology for terror”.

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Duke Of Cambridge Wears Samurai Warrior Uniform In Japan

The Duke of Cambridge was dressed as a famous samurai warrior during a visit to the set of a long-running historical drama in Japan.

Prince WilliamPrince William visited a Tokyo studio where a popular costume drama is filmed – dressing as a samurai who unified the country in the 16th century.

However, he stopped short of wearing a samurai wig, saying his brother Prince Harry would “never let me forget it”.

He is on a week-long visit to Japan and China to promote UK relations.

The duke dressed in the costume of samurai warlord, Toyotomi Hideyoshi – who features in the Japanese historical drama Taiga – during the visit to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK.

He wore a glittering helmet, a red and gold tunic and carried a replica samurai sword.

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Dress Worn By Lupita Nyong’o At Oscars Found In Bathroom

A dress “resembling” the $150,000 (£97,000) outfit worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o at this year’s Oscars that was stolen this week has been recovered, Lupita Nyong'o On The Red CarpetLos Angeles police have said.

It was found in a bathroom of the same Hollywood hotel where it was taken.

Police were tipped off by gossip site TMZ, who said they were contacted by a man claiming to be the thief.

He said he had returned the dress after learning the pearls studding the dress were fake.

The custom Calvin Klein-designed gown is coated with 6,000 natural pearls, but the purported thief said he took two of them for testing and were told they were not real.

Detectives are working with the owners of the dress to confirm if it is the dress.

But Michael White of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said he believed it was. No arrests have been made.

”Whether the jewels on the dress are fake or real… we still have a burglary and we still have a grand theft,” Mr White said.

Nyong’o won best supporting actress in 2014 for 12 Years a Slave and was a presenter at Sunday’s ceremony.

Speaking about the dress’s design, the 31-year-old said: “We talked about it being fluid and liquid. I wanted it to be an homage to the sea.”