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Mother of murdered businessman's plea to Chinese govt

The mother of a London businessman killed in China is taking on the authorities to get compensation for his death.

Neil Heywood was found dead in a hotel room in November 2011. Gu Kailai, the wife of the communist party leader, admitted poisoning him. His mother Ann said his children need financial help to cope with his death.

ITV News' China Correspondent Angus Walker reports:

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Analysis: ITV's China Correspondent on Bo Xilai

Chinese lawmakers have stripped a disgraced politician of his last official position, paving the way for him to be charged over the death of a London businessman.

Neil Heywood was born in Kensington and educated at Harrow.

He was found dead in a hotel room in China in November.

Bo Xilai is expected to face accusations that he knew his wife had carried out the murder before authorities were alerted to the crime.

We have this report from ITV's China Correspondent Angus Walker.

Chinese politician loses immunity from prosecution

China has stripped disgraced politician Bo Xilai of his last official position, paving the way for formal criminal charges to be laid against him in connection with the death of a London businessman.

He is expected to face accusations that he knew his wife had murdered Neil Heywood before the authorities were alerted to the crime.

By formally expelling him from parliament, Bo has had his immunity from prosecution removed.

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Chinese police chief who exposed murder of London businessman is jailed for 15 years

The Chinese police chief who exposed the murder of London businessman Neil Heywood has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Wang Lijun has been convicted of abuse of power, bribery and defection.

Sources have also told ITV News that evidence from Wang's trial will now lead to the criminal prosecution of his former boss, Bo Xilai, in connection with covering up the crime.

Bo was once one of China's most senior politicians.

ITV News China Correspondent Angus Walker has more.

Whistleblower jailed in Heywood murder case

Wang Lijun speaks during his trial in Chengdu, southwest China Credit: AP Photo/CCTV via AP video

The Chinese ex-police chief who blew the whistle on the murder of London businessman Neil Heywood has been jailed for 15 years.

Wang Lijuan was convicted of defection and abuse of power after visiting the US consulate in Chengdu in February and revealing that Mr Heywood had been murdered.

Neil Heywood was found dead in his hotel room in Chongqing in November 2011 Credit: Reuters

He also revealed that the wife of his boss was involved in the crime. Gu Kailai was handed a suspended death sentence last month for poisoning Heywood with cyanide in the south-western city of Chongqing, where her husband, Bo Xilai, was chief of the Communist Party.

Senior politician Bo Xilai may still face prosecution over Neil Heywood's murder Credit: Andy Wong/AP/Press Association Images

Mr Bo was dismissed in March as party secretary for Chongqing, having once been considered a strong contender for a top position.

Chinese leaders are now expected to announce whether Mr Bo will face criminal prosecution.

Mr Heywood's death in a hotel last November was initially ruled an accident and put down to alcohol abuse, although his friends said he was not a heavy drinker. Gu's arrest and the ousting of her husband sparked the biggest political turbulence in China since the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

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PM to address Brit death

Neil Heywood.
Neil Heywood. Credit: Reuters

The Prime Minister is raising the issue of the death of a British businessman with the man known as China's propaganda chief today.

Neil Heywood, who was born in Streatham, died in China last year. It's thought he may have been murdered.

David Cameron is expected to tell Li Changchun that the investigation into Mr Heywood's death must observe due process.

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