MI5 alleges in an alert that Christine Ching Kui Lee ‘acted covertly in coordination’ with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) United Front Work Department (UFWD) and is ‘deemed to be involved in political interference activities in the Kingdom’. -United “. ”
MI5’s ‘interference alert’, obtained by CNN on Thursday, said: ‘We believe the UFWD is seeking covert interference in British politics by establishing links with established and aspiring parliamentarians across the country. political spectrum.
The alert also added that Lee facilitated “financial donations to political parties, parliamentarians, aspiring parliamentarians and those seeking political office in the UK, including facilitating donations to political entities. on behalf of foreign nationals”.
The UK Companies Registry lists Lee as a British citizen.
MI5 said that although Lee said his UK-based activities are “to represent the British Chinese community and increase diversity”, these activities were “undertaken in covert coordination with the UFWD, with funding provided by foreign nationals located in China and Hong Kong. Kong.”
CNN contacted Lee for comment but did not receive a response.
When CNN visited Lee’s offices on Thursday, they were empty, and seemed so for a while. A note on the door said the office had been closed due to the pandemic. No one answered the door or the phone number posted on the door and an email to the generic address of the advertised office went unanswered.
Ian Duncan Smith, a high-ranking British lawmaker and former leader of the ruling Conservative Party, sounded the alarm in parliament on Thursday, saying MI5 had warned Speaker of the House Lindsay Hoyle that a “government agent Chinese” was actively working to “subvert” the processes of Parliament.
“This is a matter of grave concern,” Duncan Smith said.
Lee is closely linked to “individuals across the UK political spectrum, including through the now disbanded Chinese All-Party Parliamentary Group in Britain, and they may aspire to establish other APPGs to advance the agenda. of the CCP,” MI5 said.
CNN has contacted the Chinese Embassy in London for comment.
Duncan Smith demanded that in light of the incident parliament consider stepping up security and expelling the Chinese agent. Duncan Smith said he heard the individual would not be deported and wondered why further action would not be taken against “an agent of a despotic and despicable foreign power”.
“It sure ain’t good enough,” Duncan Smith said Thursday.
MI5 said anyone contacted by Lee “should be aware of their affiliation with the Chinese state and committed to advancing the CCP’s agenda in British politics”, and to contact the Director of Parliamentary Security if she received “a worrying or suspicious contact”.