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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) next to CCTV footage of Russian agents Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov

There are fears Russia is rebuilding a spy network in Britain (Picture: PA)

Russia is feared to be rebuilding its spy network in Britain in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, MPs have been told.

Conservative Sir Roger Gale raised concerns as he pushed the Government to offer assurances that MI5 is very firmly on the case.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid declined to comment on intelligence matters but said Sir Roger is right to be concerned about the rise in hostile state activity.

A total of 23 Russian diplomats who Theresa May claimed were undeclared intelligence officers were expelled from the UK following the Salisbury attack.

International allies also followed suit, including the US.

SALISBURY, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Specialist officers in protective suits secure the police forensic tent that had been blown over by the wind and is covering the bench where Sergei Skripal was found critically with his daughter on March 4 and were taken to hospital sparking a major incident, in Salisbury on March 8, 2018 in Sailsbury, Wiltshire, United kingdom. Sergei Skripal who was granted refuge in the UK following a 'spy swap' between the US and Russia in 2010 and his daughter remain critically ill after being exposed to an 'unknown substance'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

23 Russian diplomats who Theresa May claimed were undeclared intelligence officers were expelled from the UK following the Salisbury attack (Picture: Getty)

Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (9863515l) Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (goatee beard). Counter-terrorism police release images of two suspects in connection with Salisbury attack Two Russian nationals named as suspects in the Salisbury Novichok poisoning attack, UK - 05 Sep 2018

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were identified as the agents who planted the nerve agent (Picture: Getty)

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Britain believes Russias GRU military intelligence agency was behind the Salisbury attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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Both survived the poisoning in Salisbury but in July 2018 Dawn Sturgess died after coming into contact with Novichok which is believed to have been in a perfume bottle.

Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service believe there is sufficient evidence to charge two Russians – known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – with offences including conspiracy to murder over the attack on the Skripals.

Speaking in the Commons, Sir Roger said: Following the attempted poisonings in Salisbury, the Prime Minister took robust action to secure the dismissal from the United Kingdom and other European countries of Russian spies posing as diplomats.

There is some reason to suppose that that network is being rebuilt.

Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (9452103m) Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal Former Russian spy critically ill after suspected poisoning, Salisbury, UK - 08 Mar 2018 Photos are from an open social media site

Britain believes Russias GRU military intelligence agency was behind the Salisbury attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (Picture: Rex)

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