Big questions for Boris over corrupt billion dollar property deal

Channel 4 reveal that ABP, the Chinese company now developing part of the Royal Albert Dock in London, has an appalling human rights record, and a ‘semi-corrupt’ relationship with the Tories through its relationship with London and Partners, BoJo’s agency to recruit foreign firms and investors to London. Also involved in pushing for the development was Xuelin Black, an Anglo-Chinese businesswoman, married to the Home office minister Lord Michael Bates, and herself a donor to the Tories.

ABP’s poor human rights record in China is, of course, just about par for the course for the Tories, who seem to believe that humane treatment should only be confined to respectable members of the upper and middle classes with reassuringly large incomes. But there is a sizable protest movement in China, of workers, ex-servicemen and Chinese citizens disgusted at the exploitative nature and corruption in the Chinese Communist party. In an increasingly globalised, interconnected world, their struggle is also our struggle as their firms invest in Britain. It’s ironic, when talking about a notionally ‘Marxist’ state, but Marx and Engels’ slogan at the end of the Communist Manifesto is right: ‘workingmen of all countries, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains’.

Politics and Insights

Channel Four Exclusive: Boris Johnson is under fire over his handling of a £1bn deal for a Chinese firm to redevelop a huge site on London’s historic Royal Albert Dock.

From Michael Crick, political correspondent.

A Chinese firm’s human rights record “wasn’t relevant”, Mayor of London Boris Johnson tells Political Correspondent Michael Crick, after a £1bn property deal.

This follows an investigation by Channel 4 News into the track record in China of the firm which won the contract – ABP – and into whether ABP were given favourable treatment during the tender process.

There are also questions over donations to the Conservative Party from an Anglo-Chinese businesswoman who acted as adviser to ABP.

Sir Alistair Graham, a former chairman of the government’s Committee on Standards in Public Life, suggested to Channel 4 News there should be an independent investigation into the tendering process for the development, which will take…

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