UK Minister Calls for Stronger Laws After Chinese Spy Found Operating in Parliament

The UK needs to strengthen its laws to prosecute foreign agents engaged in political interference activities, Home Secretary Priti Patel said after a Chinese Communist spy was found to have been operating in the British Parliament. Britain’s MI5 security agency took the unusual step of sending an alert to Parliament warning that an individual named Christine Ching Kui Lee has been “knowingly engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” The alert, which was made public on Jan. 13, said Lee has been facilitating financial donations to British political parties and politicians, and warned that anyone contacted by her should be “mindful of her affiliation with the Chinese state and remit to advance the CCP’s agenda in UK politics.” Home Secretary Priti Patel said it is “deeply concerning” that UK parliamentarians have been targeted. But she told broadcasters: …

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