By Time Ridgway
A Brighton peer has criticised police chiefs who recorded her political activity on a secret database set up to track campaigners deemed to be “domestic extremists”.
Official files show that Scotland Yard kept a log of the political movements of Jenny Jones, a London assembly member and Green Party peer, over an 11-year period.
The log was included in a database to monitor activists who could use criminal methods to promote their political aims.
Jenny Jones, who became Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb when she took her seat in the House of Lords last year, does not have a criminal record.
The Guardian reports Jones saying that she had never been arrested and that all the information about her related to her work as an elected politician.
She added that the monitoring was unjustified and not a good use of police resources.
According to reports, police started recording the political activities of Lady Jones and a fellow Green party member Ian Driver after they had been elected to office.
During the time she was being monitored she sat on the official committee responsible for scrutinising the Metropolitan Police and she stood for election as London’s mayor.
The files refer repeatedly to the elected positions that she and Mr Driver have held.
They also record a tweet that she sent about possible police tactics at a pro-cycling protest as well as details of public meetings at which she spoke on issues such as police violence and cuts in public spending.
The information was obtained under data protection laws.
The domestic extremism unit, run by Scotland Yard, claims to have been monitoring thousands of political activists to identify the hardcore minority who have broken, or may be about to break, the law during protests.