Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson denies Czech spy allegations

Telegraph Reporters
Geoffrey Robinson has been the MP for Coventry North West since 1976 and was paymaster general between 1997 and 1998 when Tony Blair was prime minister - Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

One of Labour's most senior politicians has denied accusations that he was a spy who handed over confidential Government documents about Britain's defence to a hostile state.

Cold War documents, seen by the Mail On Sunday, claim that Geoffrey Robinson, a Minister during Prime Minister Tony Blair's tenure, passed over intelligence regarding the UK's nuclear deterrent  to Czechoslovakia across 51 meetings.

Mr Robinson is alleged to have been in contact with Russian KGB agents around the same time, while he was working his way up the Labour Party, according to the files.

He is alleged to have shared 87 confidential pieces of information between 1966 and 1969 and was dubbed one of the Communist country's "most productive sources". 

A statement issued through the lawyers of Mr Robinson, Labour MP for Coventry North West, denied all the allegations, stating:  "At no time did he ever pass confidential government documents or information to any foreign agent and he did not have access to such material.

"The allegations made by the Czech authorities 50 years ago are a lie."