The chair of the DCMS Select Committee is considering issuing a summons to force former Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix to appear before MPs, after he refused today.
Nix, who appeared before Damian Collins and the rest of the committee in February, was due to appear tomorrow, but has cancelled last minute, citing the Information Commissioner’s Office’s ongoing investigation as a reason not to appear.
Collins has rubbished this reason.
“We do not accept Mr Nix’s reason for not appearing in a public session before the committee," he said.
“We have taken advice and he is not been charged with any criminal offence and there is no active legal proceedings and we plan to raise this with the Information Commissioner when we meet her this week.
“There is therefore no legal reason why Mr Nix cannot appear. The Committee is minded to issue a formal summons for him to appear on a named day in the very near future. We’ll make a further statement about this next week”