| Julian Lewis |
|Born||Julian Murray Lewis|
Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
|Alma mater||Oxford University/Balliol College, St Antony's College|
|Founder of||Coalition for Peace Through Security, Policy Research Associates|
|Member of||Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, Le Cercle, The 61|
Born in Swansea, Wales, Lewis was educated at Dynevor School, Swansea, at Oxford University/Balliol College, from which he received an MA in Philosophy and Politics in 1977, and at St Antony's College, Oxford, from which he received a DPhil in Strategic Studies in 1981.
Infiltrating the Labour Party
Julian Lewis first entered politics in the 1970s, when he secretly pretended to be a Labour activist in order to infiltrate the Newham Labour Party. Lewis "was acting as a secret agent of the well-financed Freedom Association, which funded strike-breakers and clandestine operations against the Labour left and Communist Party. Newham militants were getting rid of a rightwing Labour MP called Reg Prentice and the young Lewis, then a graduate student at St Antony’s Oxford, decided to save Prentice. He failed in that task, but a taste for conspiracy and secrecy entered his soul."
Like many attendees of le Cercle, Lewis was an active opponent of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament throughout the 1980s.
Deep political connections
Julian Lewis was introduced to Brian Crozier by Norris McWhirter and Crozier made him a member of his private intelligence agency, The 61. He became the group's leading activist in the UK.
In 1983 (and probably on other occasions) he attended a meeting of Le Cercle - and also parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee supposed to oversee the UK intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.
In the UK Parliament, he actively pursues the retention and renewal of the British strategic nuclear deterrent, the Trident programme.
Event Participated in
|Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)||30 June 1983||3 July 1983||Germany|
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