Andrew Parker

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Person.png Lord Parker   Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Member ofAustralian Institute of International Affairs, Banned from Russia 2015, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies
Head of MI5, promoting fear of 'jihadis'.

Employment.png Lord Chamberlain of the Household

In office
1 April 2021 - Present

Employment.png Director General of MI5

In office
22 April 2013 - April 2020
DeputyKen McCallum
Preceded byJonathan Evans

Employment.png Deputy Director General of MI5

In office
April 2007 - 22 April 2013
BossJonathan Evans

Employment.png Director of Global Counter-terrorism

In office
1 September 2001 - 2005

Andrew Parker, Baron Parker of Minsmere, is a UK spook who was Director General of MI5 (the Security Service, which is the United Kingdom's domestic security and counter-intelligence agency) from 2013 to 2020.

Lord Parker became Lord Chamberlain of the Household on 1 April 2021.[1]


Parker reports that he grew up in Newcastle and was educated at Churchill College, Cambridge where he studied Natural Sciences.[2]


Andrew Parker joined MI5 in 1983.[3] He was seconded to HM Customs and Excise as Director Intelligence in 1999 before becoming Director, International Terrorism at the Security Service in February 2005.[4]


After leading MI5's response to the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot, he became Deputy Director-General in 2007. He went on to become Director General on 22 April 2013.[5]

"War on Terror"

Full article: Rated 4/5 “War on Terror”

Parker has consistently supported the "War on Terrorism". In his third public speech since taking on the job of MI5 Director General, Mr Parker claimed in Autumn 2015 that "Britain faces an unprecedented terror threat from Islamic State and Al Qaeda fanatics plotting ‘mass casualty’ attacks over the internet".[6]

As MI5 director general he broke with the tradition of reticence that accompanied the job and consistency talked up the danger of "Islamic terrorism", claiming it is "an enduring threat and it’s at least a generational challenge for us to deal with.” In November 2016, he warned that “there will be terrorist attacks in this country. The threat level is severe and that means likely.”[7]

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