Conservative MP and Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt has called for greater access to intelligence about potential donors, candidates and staff to be offered to political parties in order to prevent infiltration by spies. Mordaunt argues that a new intelligence-sharing framework between the security services and the UK's main parties after Westminster was rocked by allegations of Chinese espionage earlier this year when it was revealed a parliamentary researcher with links to Tory MPs had been arrested under the Official Secrets Act. Mordaunt has been working with officials to identify new mechanisms for data sharing between intelligence officials and political parties, as some government insiders fear that parties have too little access to sensitive information about potential donors, candidates and other individuals working closely with their representatives and officials.
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