A lawyer accused of being a Chinese agent involved in “political interference activities” received an award from Theresa May when she was prime minister in 2019.
Christine Ching Kui Lee was named one of the No. 10 Spotlights for her work with the British Chinese Project.
But on Thursday, an MI5 security alert described her as “knowingly involved in political meddling activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) United Frontline Labor Division (UFWD).”
In a personal letter to Lee, Ms. May said: “You should be very proud of the difference the British Chinese Project is making in promoting engagement, understanding and collaboration between the Chinese and British communities in the UK.
“I also wish you every success in your work promoting the inclusion and participation of the British-Chinese people in the British political system.”
Lee said she was “surprised and honored” to receive the award.
The Security Service Interference Alert issued by MI5 highlighted Lee’s affiliation with the British Chinese Project and the China Overseas Friendship.
But it said she was “acting covertly in coordination with the UFWD and is believed to be involved in political interference activities in the UK”.
When asked about the Points of Light award, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I don’t know the background to this particular award.”