Who was the first British woman director general of MI5?

STELLA RIMINGTON 1935 –

Military Intelligence Section 5, a part of the British security services, is known to us all as MI5.

It’s remit is to protect British democracy and economic interests and includes counter terrorism.

MI5 was founded a few years before the start of World War One specifically to undermine the espionage activities of the German government.

Throughout its fascinating history MI5 was headed by a man until 1992 when Stella Rimington was appointed as Director General.

She held the post for four years and was the first Director General to tell the public about the role and activities of MI5 in a booklet entitled “The Security Service”.

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