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Sephiroth 13-01-2022 17:32

Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
This has popped up on the BBC:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-59984380

Quote:

MI5 has issued a rare warning to MPs that a Chinese agent has infiltrated Parliament to interfere in UK politics.

An alert from the security service said Christine Ching Kui Lee "established links" for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with current and aspiring MPs.

She then gave donations to politicians, with funding coming from foreign nationals in China and Hong Kong.

It comes after a "significant, long-running" investigation by MI5, Whitehall sources told the BBC.

One of the MPs funded by Ms Lee was Labour's Barry Gardiner, who received over 420,000 from her in five years.

But Mr Gardiner said he had always made MI5 aware of the donations.
... And what of Barry Gardiner? He was the genial rock solid supporter of that pariah Jeremy Corbyn. I hope he gets skewered by (at least) Beth Rigby.

Damien 13-01-2022 17:39

Re: Chines infiltration of Parliament
 
If you're bribing MPs why would you go after Gardiner of all people?

Sephiroth 13-01-2022 17:42

Re: Chines infiltration of Parliament
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Damien (Post 36109265)
If you're bribing MPs why would you go after Gardiner of all people?

Mule? Conduit?

Hugh 13-01-2022 17:47

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Pretty sure this was first reported four years ago in The Times…

Update - yes, it was (4th February 2017)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/c...r-mp-65d3c92j8

Sephiroth 13-01-2022 17:55

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hugh (Post 36109269)
Pretty sure this was first reported four years ago in The Times…

Update - yes, it was (4th February 2017)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/c...r-mp-65d3c92j8


Quote:

Barry Gardiner, shadow international trade secretary, has received more than 180,000 in staff costs from the firm that acts as chief legal adviser to the Chinese embassy.
It appears to be 450K now. Where did that dosh go? To pay her son in Gardiner's office?


Damien 13-01-2022 18:00

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Also electoral campaigning, other staffing and offices costs, I don't like individual MPs getting donations. Their office expenses should be paid for by the Government only.

daveeb 13-01-2022 18:06

Re: Chines infiltration of Parliament
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Damien (Post 36109265)
If you're bribing MPs why would you go after Gardiner of all people?


Maybe he's a fan of chinese design expensive wallpaper :shocked:

papa smurf 13-01-2022 19:36

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Christine Lee: Labour MP Barry Gardiner says Chinese agent 'gained no political advantage' from him

https://news.sky.com/story/christine...m-him-12515277

Mr Gardiner received more than 500,000 from Ms Lee over a period of six years. And he revealed he had spoken to her as recently as this week.

and she got nothing in return:eeek:

nomadking 13-01-2022 20:36

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Quote:

She then gave donations to politicians, with funding coming from foreign nationals in China and Hong Kong.
IIRC The money from illegal 3rd-party donations has to be paid to the treasury.:D

daveeb 13-01-2022 20:39

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by papa smurf (Post 36109316)
Christine Lee: Labour MP Barry Gardiner says Chinese agent 'gained no political advantage' from him

https://news.sky.com/story/christine...m-him-12515277

Mr Gardiner received more than 500,000 from Ms Lee over a period of six years. And he revealed he had spoken to her as recently as this week.

and she got nothing in return:eeek:

She should have dug a bit deeper and donated to the Tory coffers for a well earned peerage.

1andrew1 13-01-2022 20:39

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by papa smurf (Post 36109316)
Christine Lee: Labour MP Barry Gardiner says Chinese agent 'gained no political advantage' from him

https://news.sky.com/story/christine...m-him-12515277

Mr Gardiner received more than 500,000 from Ms Lee over a period of six years. And he revealed he had spoken to her as recently as this week.

and she got nothing in return:eeek:

At least if you bought the Prime Minister a few rolls of Coloroll, you would get a Christmas card from him for a couple of years and you would increase your chances of being in the VIP PPE lane. But she doesn't seem to have chosen the most influential of politicians to lavish her/the CCP's generosity upon!

jfman 13-01-2022 21:25

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
If we ever need a dead cat it’s always useful if it’s not a white one.

TheDaddy 13-01-2022 21:39

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by papa smurf (Post 36109316)
Christine Lee: Labour MP Barry Gardiner says Chinese agent 'gained no political advantage' from him

https://news.sky.com/story/christine...m-him-12515277

Mr Gardiner received more than 500,000 from Ms Lee over a period of six years. And he revealed he had spoken to her as recently as this week.

and she got nothing in return:eeek:

Even if she did get nothing which is doubtful, he's compromised himself and left himself open to blackmail further down the line, what a scumbag, needs jailing imo

Damien 13-01-2022 21:45

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheDaddy (Post 36109338)
Even if she did get nothing which is doubtful, he's compromised himself and left himself open to blackmail further down the line, what a scumbag, needs jailing imo

He won't get jailed. He declared the donations and didn't know she was a spy. Even Ian Duncan Smith was on the BBC asking why MI5 didn't warn him, and other politicians, earlier.

nomadking 13-01-2022 21:58

Re: Chinese infiltration of Parliament
 
Love to know what isn't suspicious about that amount of money to just one MP.


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