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British intelligence detects Chinese spy infiltrated Parliament

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The British Internal Intelligence Service MI5 warned the deputies that an alleged agent china “Carried out activities of political interference” within the ParliamentWestminster authorities reported Thursday.

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The office of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, confirmed to have sent an email to the legislators to inform them of the case.

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“The ‘speaker’ (president of the House) takes the security of the deputies and the democratic process very seriously, for which he has issued this notice in consultation with the security services,” said a spokeswoman for Hoyle.

Screenshot of the email sent to MPs with the alarm about Christine Lee.

The Chinese embassy in London denied the accusations and assured that they never needed or sought to “buy influence in any foreign parliament.”

“We strongly oppose the trick of smearing and intimidating the Chinese community in the UK,” he said.

The message identified the suspect as Christine Lee, stating that she “carried out political interference activities on behalf of the United Front Labor Department of the Chinese Communist Party,” a body that seeks to maintain contact with personalities or groups outside the party.

This London-based lawyer would have donated 200,000 pounds (275,000 dollars, 239,000 euros) to Labor MP Barry Gardiner and hundreds of thousands to his party.

Former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May – whose party has been accused of receiving millions of pounds from Russian donors – presented Lee with an award in 2019 in recognition of his contribution to ties between China and the United Kingdom.

Lee was also photographed with May’s predecessor, the conservative David Cameron, at an event in 2015, and separately with former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“It facilitated financial donations to serving and aspiring MPs on behalf of foreign nationals based in Hong Kong and China,” according to Hoyle’s message. “It was done in a covert way to mask the origin of the payments,” he said.

Following MI5’s warning of Lee’s activities, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, highly critical of Beijing, called for strong action.

China last year imposed sanctions on 10 people and organizations in the United Kingdom, including Duncan Smith, for what it described as dissemination of “lies and misinformation” about human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region (northwest China).

Lee has not been detained or deported, she has simply been banned from Parliament, she denounced.

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