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MI5 warning over ‘Chinese agent’ in Parliament

MI5 warning over ‘Chinese agent’ in Parliament

MI5 warning over ‘Chinese agent’ in Parliament

By Gordon Corera & Jennifer Scott
13 January 2022

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According to the alert, Ms Lee claimed her involvement with Parliament had been to “represent the UK Chinese and increase diversity”.

But MI5 said that activity “had been undertaken in covert coordination with the United Front Work Department [of the CCP], with funding provided by foreign nationals located in China and Hong Kong”.

The UFWD is alleged to be seeking to “cultivate relations” with “influential figures” to ensure the UK political landscape is favourable to the CCP and to challenge those that raise concerns about the party, including over human rights.

The security service said Ms Lee had “extensive engagement with individuals across the UK political spectrum”, including the now disbanded All Party Parliamentary Group, called Chinese in Britain.

But they warned Ms Lee “may aspire to establish APPGs [parliamentary groups] to further the CCP’s agenda”.

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