Every PM since Harold Wilson may have reassured MPs and peers they were not being spied on, but many parliamentarians had suspicions to the contrary

For almost 60 years, the Wilson doctrine has been regarded as a touchstone of British political life. MPs and members of the House of Lords were told repeatedly that they could sleep soundly in the knowledge the UK’s intelligence agencies would never spy on their communications.

Every prime minister since Harold Wilson has uttered the same assurance; several home secretaries too – most recently Theresa May, just two days ago…

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Wilson doctrine was always just political rhetoric – now it’s official

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