Remember this sideshow from last week?
Iain Duncan Smith tells the Commons that Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has written to MPs saying the Speaker "has been contacted by MI5 and is warning MPs there has been an agent of the Chinese government acting here in Parliament, working with an MP, to subvert the processes here"
— Jonathan Walker (@jonwalker121) January 13, 2022
The claim was that Christine Lee had been influencing Labour MP Barry Gardiner with donations, while her son was working in his office – but Mr Gardiner swiftly and efficiently killed the allegation:
NEW: Barry Gardiner says he's been liaising with British intelligence "for a number of years about Christine Lee"
He says he took steps to ensure Lee had no role in appointing or managing staff she funded
And he says he properly reported all donations pic.twitter.com/sXhzlgykFG
— Gabriel Pogrund (@Gabriel_Pogrund) January 13, 2022
So all the donations were legitimate, MI5 knew about Lee and was kept informed about her by Mr Gardiner’s office, and there is no evidence to suggest that her son had anything to do with the matter.
MI5 appears to have confirmed this:
MI5 ‘have known for years’ about Christine Lee. Are the establishment distracting the public from Boris Johnson?
The Establishment take us ALL for foolshttps://t.co/1tXxKDvIBZ
— Dorset Eye (Independent Citizen Community Media) (@dorset_eye) January 13, 2022
MI5 must have known about Christine Lee for years. Any reason why it only issued a security alert today?
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) January 13, 2022
More concerning is Ms Lee’s connection with another political organisation… The Conservative Party.
Here she is in close contact with former prime minister David Cameron:
— Newsworks_UK (@newsworks_uk) January 14, 2022
And now here’s a tweet that proved prophetic:
If the Chinese govt wanted to actively subvert Britain, why can't they just donate to the tory party like everyone else? https://t.co/yVX8sYI62r
— PJ Holden (@pauljholden) January 13, 2022
This is the reason:
Times has corker of a tale about Chinese "agent" named by MI5 and Patel, Christine Lee, gave £65,000 to Tories after being a fund raiser with Johnson. Tories did not record Chinese "gift" says Times
— Denis MacShane (@DenisMacShane) January 15, 2022
Apparently she has been backing the Tories for quite a while too. That’s probably the reason the amount she has handed them seems to fluctuate.
Oops. The dead cat appears to have shat on the Downing Street mat. https://t.co/jT0LbyFUdl
— Simon Nixon (@Simon_Nixon) January 15, 2022
Well that little distraction backfired somewhat 😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/19cYoPLp5z
— Jen Wood – est optimum simpliciter (@unojen_wood) January 16, 2022
Possibly the funniest observation of all (although not from the Tory point of view) is this:
Priti Patel has warned there are more spies in Parliament acting on behalf of a foreign Government..
..that's Priti Patel who was fired by Theresa May for acting on behalf of a foreign Government.
— Lloyd Hardy (@LloydHardy) January 14, 2022
And, in the name of political balance, the sharpest comment is this:
And it's not "antisemitic", because Zionists are using #BeijingBarry to describe Barry Gardiner.
Unlike Gardiner, Starmer hasn't just employed the son of a foreign spy in his office. He's employed an actual foreign spy. From Israel.
— Frank Owen's Legendary Paintbrush 🟨🟥🥀🇵🇸 (@WarmongerHodges) January 15, 2022
So we see that a tactic intended to smear the Labour Party with allegations of corruption and possible treason, to distract from the Downing Street parties scandal, has backfired in Boris Johnson’s face – and now it is his Tories who must face the same claims.
I look forward to seeing them explain their way out of this one.
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