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PM’s father Stanley Johnson sparks fury with demand for Parliament to DROP ban on Chinese ambassador

Prime Minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, sparks anger after demanding parliament a DROPS ban on visits from his friend the Chinese ambassador – imposed after Beijing imposed sanctions on MPs

  • Stanley Johnson wants Parliament’s ban on China’s ambassador lifted
  • The prime minister’s father has a good relationship with Zheng Zeguang and received the diplomat for lunch
  • But he is accused of giving Beijing a ‘huge propaganda boost’
  • MPs accuse 81-year-old of ‘promoting interests of brutal Chinese regime’

Stanley Johnson has sparked a furious row with MPs after the prime minister’s father called for the Chinese ambassador to no longer be banned from parliament.

The 81-year-old, who is known to be close to Zheng Zeguang, said he hoped MPs would yield to their current stance and that the Beijing diplomat would visit Westminster Palace soon.

But Mr Johnson was immediately convicted for giving China a “huge propaganda boost” at a time of massive scrutiny over the country’s human rights record.

A group of MPs also called for a “period of silence” from the prime minister’s father, accusing him of “representing the interests of a brutal Chinese regime.”

In September last year, the Chinese ambassador to the UK was told he could not come to parliament, as Beijing continues to punish some MPs and colleagues.

Mr Zheng was due to attend a parliamentary reception but both the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle and the Speaker of the House of Commons have barred the Chinese ambassador.

It came after protests by those MPs and colleagues who had been subject to sanctions by China over criticism of Beijing, including allegations of human rights abuses against Uyghurs.

Stanley Johnson welcomed Chinese Ambassador Zheng Zeguang to his London home in April this year

Stanley Johnson welcomed Chinese Ambassador Zheng Zeguang to his London home in April this year

The prime minister's father posted a photo of the lunch on his Instagram account

The prime minister’s father posted a photo of the lunch on his Instagram account

The pair also met at the Chinese ambassador's residence last week to discuss Mr Johnson's upcoming film tour

The pair also met at the Chinese ambassador’s residence last week to discuss Mr Johnson’s upcoming film tour

Speaking with the South China Morning MailMr Johnson expressed the hope that Parliament would reconsider its ban on Mr Zheng when they return from their summer recess.

“I can imagine parliament disintegrating soon before the summer,” he said.

“But I very much hope that by the time Parliament returns, these bans will no longer be in effect.”

In April, the Prime Minister’s father received Zheng and the diplomat’s wife, Hua Mei, for lunch at his London home.

And Mr Johnson attended the couple’s residence last week to discuss his plan to film a documentary as he traces Marco Polo’s route down China’s Silk Road.

During the trip, Johnson will team up with his youngest son, Max, 36, who is a half-brother to the Prime Minister.

Concerns have been raised about the couple’s journey as they are expected to visit Xinjiang, the home of the Uyghurs.

Last year, the House of Commons declared genocide against the Uyghurs and that an estimated one million people have been held in camps in Xinjiang.

The prime minister's father plans to film a documentary as he traces Marco Polo's route on China's Silk Road

The prime minister’s father plans to film a documentary as he traces Marco Polo’s route on China’s Silk Road

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Sir Iain Duncan Smith

Conservative MPs Nus Ghani and Sir Iain Duncan Smith are both among parliamentarians sanctioned by Beijing

Johnson said the Chinese government was “extremely helpful” with his plans and described Mr Zheng as a “very pleasant, capable and intelligent man.”

Asked if he would raise human rights concerns with Chinese officials, Johnson told the Hong Kong-based newspaper: “We will travel with our eyes open and our ears open.

“And you can be absolutely sure that… the TV team that’s with us are absolutely professional, they’ll be filming what we see. I think that’s all we can say.”

According to the paper, a statement signed by those parliamentarians sanctioned by Beijing — including former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, as well as conservative colleagues Nusrat Ghani and Tim Loughton — accused Mr Johnson of “advancing the interests of a brutal Chinese regime.” that is committing genocide against the Uyghurs’.

It added: “It is sad that he uses his family ties so blatantly for such selfish and selfish reasons.

“As any decent person might point out, a period of silence from him would be most welcome.”

Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael tweeted: “There is no doubt that Johnson’s support for the Chinese government is a huge propaganda boost for them and an embarrassment to our government.

“Going to Xinjiang when many have concluded that the Uyghur population is the subject of genocide is a colossal error of judgment.”

The Foundation for Uyghur Freedom asked, ‘Is Stanley Johnson a national security risk?’

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