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Security chiefs ‘reviewing how Chinese spy infiltrated Parliament’



The Security Service claims Ms Lee has been working in Britain on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party and is accused of “facilitating financial donations to serving and aspiring politicians” on behalf of foreign nationals based in Hong Kong and China.

Asked on LBC if there would now be a review into how Ms Lee was able to build such close relations with senior British politicians, Mr Hinds said: “Yes. We are learning all the time. All the implications have to be taken into account.”

Ms Lee gave donations to politicians, including Labour MP Barry Gardiner, who received more than £420,000 from her, and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.

She also appears to have also developed a good relationship with former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and in January 2019 she received an award from then premier Theresa May, in recognition of her contribution to good relations with China via the British Chinese Project.

“This is not a story about one particular British politician or one particular party,” Mr Hinds said. “It is about what others may do to try and influence what happens and how we have to be vigilant and I am sure on the back of this notification our whole political system will be, will have a heightened vigilance.”

Earlier on BBC Breakfast he said: “We should be concerned when people acting on behalf of foreign states, in this case the Chinese Communist Party are seeking to influence our domestic processes.”

Foreign Office officials have raised concerns with the Chinese ambassador to the UK over MI5’s warnings but China hit back, accusing Britain of “smearing and intimidation.”

In a statement posted on its UK Embassy website it said: “China always adheres to the principle of non-interference in other country’s internal affairs.



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