National security is threatened when politics is in thrall to cash | Nick Cohen

The sight of Winston Churchill’s grandson being threatened with legal action for passing on warnings about a political influencer’s dealings with a hostile foreign power ought to stir the national memory. A tingle of an alarm perhaps. A feeling that patriots should be given a hearing, not shut down by London lawyers charging £500 an hour to any passing member of the global super-rich.

Last week, the Financial Times told how the former Conservative MPs Sir Nicholas Soames and Charlotte Leslie passed memos that reportedly dealt with the past dealings in Russia of a businessman and philanthropist named Mohamed Amersi to Ben Elliot, the co-chairman of the Conservative party.

Amersi and his Russian-British partner, Nadezhda Rodicheva, have given the Tories more than £750,000 since 2017. In the leadership election, Amersi found he had backed every horse by giving £10,000 each to Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Rory…

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