UK spies accuse political donor of pro-China interference

Britain’s home intelligence service has warned lawmakers {that a} London-based lawyer is attempting to “covertly interfere in UK politics” on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party.

House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle on Thursday despatched legislators an alert from the MI5 spy company alleging that Christine Lee was performing in coordination with the Chinese social gathering’s United Front Work Department.

MI5 stated Lee had facilitated donations to British political events and legislators, “including facilitating donations to political entities on behalf of foreign nationals.”

It stated the United Front Work Department “seeks to cultivate relationships with influential figures in order to ensure the UK political landscape is favourable to the CCP’s agenda and to challenge those that raise concerns about CCP activity, such as human rights.”

Members of Parliament are required to declare the supply of donations they obtain, which should be from UK-registered electors or entities.

Labour Party lawmaker Barry Gardiner stated in an announcement that he had acquired donations from Lee up to now to fund researchers in his workplace.

Gardiner stated he had been “liaising” with British safety providers for years about Lee.

“I have been assured by the Security Services that whilst they have definitively identified improper funding channelled through Christine Lee, this does not relate to any funding received by my office,” Gardiner stated.

Gardiner additionally stated Lee’s son labored in his workplace as a diary supervisor, however resigned on Thursday.

“The Security Services have advised me that they have no intelligence that shows he was aware of, or complicit in, his mother’s illegal activity,” Gardiner said.

Lee’s firm, Christine Lee & Co., says on its website that it has “developed strong affiliations between the U.K. and China” and has acted as a authorized advisor to the Chinese embassy in London.

Lee’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Relations between Britain and China had grown more and more frosty, with UK officers accusing Beijing of financial subterfuge and human rights abuses. In November the pinnacle of the MI6 abroad intelligence company, Richard Moore, known as China one of many greatest threats to Britain and its allies.


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