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MI5 warns Chinese spy has been active ‘working with a member of Parliament’ to ‘subvert the processes’

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
13th Jan 22 2:49 pm

MPs have been informed by MI5 that a Chinese spy has been “working with a Member of Parliament” to “subvert the processes.”

Westminster has been rocked as a Chinese national Christine Lee who is accused of trying to influence a Labour MP and Jeremy Corbyn all Barry Gardiner.

MI5 formerly known as the Security Service issued the alert on Thursday accusing Lee of “facilitating financial donations to serving and aspiring politicians.”

Lee has a law firm called Christine Lee & Co which works for the Chinese Embassy and she has been a funder for the Labour MP Barry Gardiner’s office since 2015.

Lee has been attempting to influence politicians across the political divide Mi5 told Parliament today.

A letter was sent to MPs by the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle to inform them of Lee.

Gardiner told Sky News he has been liaising with MI5 for a “number of years” regarding Lee “and they have always known, and been made fully aware by me, of her engagement with my office and the donations she made to fund researchers in my office.”

Gardiner added, “Steps were taken to ensure she had no role in either the appointment or management of those researchers.

“They are also aware that I have not benefited personally from those donations in any way. She ceased funding any workers in my office in June 2020.”

The funding that he received from Lee was not through “improper” means MI5 assured him.

He also said that Lee’s son had been working for him as a diary manager and resigned on Thursday.

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

Leading Tory Iain Duncan Smith said, “I understand that Mr Speaker has been contacted by MI5 and is now warning members of parliament that there has been an agent of the Chinese government active here in parliament working with a Member of Parliament, obviously to subvert the processes here.

“I say, as a Member of Parliament who has been sanctioned by the Chinese government, that this is a matter of grave concern.”

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