Friday January 14, 2022
“Active in Parliament” MI5 warns of alleged Chinese spy
Christine Lee received a medal in 2019 for her services to relations between Great Britain and China. These are apparently too good, at least in one direction: the London-based lawyer is said to be a Chinese spy. The British secret service MI5 warns Parliament of their activities.
The British domestic intelligence service has warned Parliament in London of an alleged Chinese spy. The Office of the Speaker of the British House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, confirmed that it had emailed MPs about the incident “in consultation with the security services”. According to Home Secretary Priti Patel, one person tried to influence parliamentarians “for the Chinese Communist Party”. According to Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith, Hoyle was “contacted by MI5”. He warned MPs that an “agent of the Chinese government was active in parliament.” The alert issued by MI5, quoted by UK media, identifies the suspected agent as Christine Lee. According to the report, she “knowingly engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the United Front Labor Department of the Chinese Communist Party.” According to the reports, the London-based lawyer played a facilitating role in “financial contributions to political parties, parliamentarians, prospective parliamentarians and those contemplating political office in the UK”. Lee is said to have donated £200,000 (€239,000) to opposition politician Barry Gardiner and hundreds of thousands more to his Labor Party. The money came from foreign nationals from China and Hong Kong. Lee was apparently well connected in the London government district. She was photographed with former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron at an event in 2015, and on another occasion with former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn. In 2019, Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May awarded Lee a medal for her contribution to Britain’s good relations with China.
China speaks of slander
The Chinese embassy in London denied the espionage allegations and said: “We must and will never try to buy influence in a foreign parliament.” She added: “We firmly reject defamation and intimidation of the Chinese community in the UK.” Barry Gardiner, who has since resigned, stated that all donations had been properly reported. He also explained that Lee’s son worked for him until his resignation on Thursday. Conservative MP Duncan Smith has expressed concern that Lee will not be arrested, only prevented from entering Parliament. He also called for a revision of the rules for parliamentary accreditation. Former Defense Secretary Tobias Ellwood said in the House of Commons that the allegations were “the kind of meddling in a gray area that we now expect from China.”
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