The DRP is constituted from a cross party Members of Parliament and senior leading lawyers. Below you will find short biographies of current and previous members of the DRP.

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Crispin Blunt MP - Chair

Crispin Blunt is the Member of Parliament for Reigate and was Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the 2015-17 Parliament. 

He was the Minister responsible for Prisons, Probation, Youth and Criminal justice 2010-12.

Further relevant experience includes Chairing the Conservative Middle East Council (2003-9) and a number of visits to Egypt, including three during the crisis period of July to September 2013. Most recently he visited Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh to help make the case for the restoration of flights from the UK.  

Under his chairmanship the Foreign Affairs Committee completed an Inquiry into Political Islam with a particular focus on the conditions religious based political movements need to satisfy around universal human and democratic rights in order to be viewed as legitimate parties within a democratic system[2]. The Inquiry included evidence from and about the Freedom and Justice Party and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. 

Crispin chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Humanism and is Secretary of the APPG on International LGBT rights.  

In Opposition he served as Spokesman for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Trade Energy and Science, Northern Ireland and as an Opposition Whip. He has previously served on the Defence and Environment Select Committees.

Crispin was educated at Wellington College, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the University of Durham (BA Politics) and the Cranfield School of Management (MBA)


Lord Edward Faulks QC

Lord Edward Peter Lawless Faulks, Baron Faulks QC, is a senior barrister and Queen's Counsel. He is a Conservative peer and was Minister of State for Justice between December 2013 and July 2016.

Lord Faulks was on the Commission on a Bill of Rights (2013). He is in favour of limiting the influence of the ECtHR and the establishment of a British Bill of Rights.


Dr Paul Williams MP

Dr Paul Williams is a Member of Parliament and a member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee.

Dr Williams has acted as a Forensic Medical Examiner working with Freedom from Torture (formerly known as the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture) producing medico-legal reports on refugees in the UK alleging mistreatment and torture.

Layla Moran MP

Layla Moran MP is a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon. Before entering Parliament, she was a Physics teacher. She is now the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Education and sits on the Public Accounts Committee. She is the first MP of Palestinian heritage. 

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Dr Tim Moloney QC

Counsel to the DRP

Tim is the Deputy Head of Doughty Street Chambers. Tim's practice encompasses crime, extradition, international criminal law, public law and media law.

Tim is ranked in Band 1 of Crime QCs and is in the Spotlight Section for International Criminal Law in the current edition of ‘Chambers and Partners’ directory and is classed as a leading silk in crime in the current ‘Legal 500’.


Tayab Ali

Legal Secretariat and Rapporteur to the Detention Review Panel


Tayab is a Solicitor Advocate and Partner at leading human rights law firm ITN Solicitors and heads the political, diplomatic and international law department.

Tayab is an internationally recognised and highly respected lawyer whose practice encompasses criminal and civil/public law in both domestic and international jurisdictions. Tayab was shortlisted as Human Rights Lawyer of the Year the Law Society’s Excellence Awards in 2017.