How MI5 uncovered a Chinese ‘agent’ in parliament | News

Final week Britain’s safety companies issued a unprecedented warning to parliament naming Christine Lee, a well-known lawyer in London’s Chinese neighborhood, as an agent working covertly for the Chinese authorities.

It’s the first time MI5 has issued an “interference alert” referring to China and it solid a highlight on the Labour MP Barry Gardiner, whose workplace acquired £584,177 value of donations from Lee.

Gardiner mentioned he had been “liaising with our safety companies for a variety of years about Christine Lee”. He added: “All of the donations had been correctly reported in the register of members’ pursuits and their supply verified on the time.”

Because the Guardian’s defence and safety editor, Dan Sabbagh, tells Michael Safi, the affair highlights among the murkier facets of who has entry to politicians and on what phrases. It additionally exhibits a shift in method from the safety companies who’re rather more aggressively calling out China: MI6 not too long ago recognized it because the service’s high precedence, overtaking the specter of Islamist terrorism.


The Guardian has tried to contact Christine Lee. She has not responded to questions on MI5’s statements despatched to her legislation agency from the Guardian.

The offices of Christine Lee solicitors in Soho London. (Photograph: Amer Ghazzal/Rex/Shutterstock)


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