MI5 claims in a warning that Christine Ching Kui Lee “has acted covertly in coordination” with the United Front Work Department (UFWD), of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and is “believed to be involved in political interference in the UK”. ”
The MI5 “interference warning” obtained by DailyExpertNews on Thursday said: “We believe the UFWD is trying to covertly meddle in British politics by tying up with incumbent and aspiring parliamentarians across the political spectrum.”
The warning also added that Lee has “facilitated financial donations to political parties, MPs, aspiring parliamentarians and individuals seeking political office in the UK, including facilitating donations to political entities on behalf of foreigners.”
The UK Company Register lists Lee as a British citizen.
MI5 said that while Lee has said her activities in the UK are “to represent the British Chinese community and increase diversity”, those activities “have been undertaken in secret coordination with the UFWD, funding foreign nationals in China and Hong Kong.” Kong.” Kong.”
DailyExpertNews has contacted Lee for comment, but has received no response.
When DailyExpertNews visited Lee’s offices on Thursday, they were empty and seemed so for some time. A note on the door said the office was closed due to the pandemic. No one answered the door or the phone number on the door and an email to the advertised general office address went unanswered.
Ian Duncan Smith, a senior British legislator and former leader of the ruling Conservative Party, raised the alarm in parliament on Thursday, saying MI5 House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle had warned that an “agent of the Chinese government” has been actively working to “” process the trials.” of Parliament.
“This is a matter of great concern,” Duncan Smith said.
Lee has been linked extensively with “individuals across the UK political spectrum, including through the now disbanded All-Party Parliamentary Chinese in Britain Group, and they may strive to establish further APPGs to advance the CCP’s agenda”, said MI5.
DailyExpertNews has contacted the Chinese embassy in London for comment.
Duncan Smith asked that, in light of the incident, parliament would consider strengthening security and deporting the Chinese agent. Duncan Smith said he heard the person would not be deported and wondered why no further action would be taken against “an agent of a foreign despotic and despicable power.”
“This is definitely not good enough,” Duncan Smith said on Thursday.
MI5 said anyone Lee has contacted “should be aware of her ties to the Chinese state and commit to advancing the CCP’s agenda in British politics”, and to contact the parliamentary director of security if they have received “concerned or suspicious contact”.