Labour MP Barry Gardiner accepted £425,000 in donations from Chinese spy

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A Labour MP accepted more than £425,000 in donations from a Chinese spy, it emerged on Thursday, prompting demands for an urgent probe into her links with Westminster.

MI5 issued an interference alert to MPs about the activities of Christine Lee, a Chinese national who has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to Barry Gardiner, a former shadow cabinet minister. She first began making financial contributions to British politicians 17 years ago.

The Electoral Commission vowed to “undertake further checks” on the permissibility of the payments by Ms Lee, through her law firm Christine Lee & Co, to MPs and local parties. The regulator told The Telegraph that it would consider enforcement action if evidence emerged of breaches to political finance rules.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, sent out the security alert and said Ms Lee “has been engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party” (CCP), targeting MPs and associated political entities, including a former all-party group on the Chinese community in Britain.

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