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Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson has branded as “a lie” claims he was a Cold War spy who passed government secrets to communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s.

Files held in an official Prague archive and obtained by The Mail on Sunday, allege that Mr Robinson, under the codename Karko, passed on sensitive information about Britain’s nuclear deterrent, including its Polaris missile programme, and details about NATO.

The veteran politician, who served in Tony Blair’s government, has dismissed the accusations as “a complete fabrication”.

A statement issued through his lawyers said: “The allegations allegedly made by the Czech authorities are a lie.

“At no time did Mr Robinson ever pass confidential government documents or information to any foreign agent and he did not have access to such material.”

The claims, according to the Mail on Sunday, are contained in 390 pages of files compiled by the StB security service under the former communist regime, and now administered by the Czech Republic’s state security archives.

The documents allege he met dozens of time with a Czech handler between 1966 and 1969 and passed on a cache of intelligence.

In a separate development last year, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denied allegations by a former Czech spy that he had been in the pay of the country’s communist regime back in the 1980s.

Labour dismissed the claims at the time as “a ridiculous smear” with “more plot holes than a bad James Bond movie”.

Politician Geoffrey Robinson
Geoffrey Robinson has been an MP at Westminster since 1976

Mr Robinson, who has served as MP for Coventry North West since 1976, was paymaster general from 1997-1998.

He is also a former chairman of Jaguar and Coventry City FC.

Communist rule in Czechoslovakia lasted from 1948 until the Velvet Revolution in 1989.

At the start of 1993, the country split into two independent states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in what became known as the Velvet Divorce.

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