Brighton peer criticises police for spying on her as a ‘domestic extremist’

Posted On 16 Jun 2014 at 2:29 pm
By Time Ridgway
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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

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.

  1. HJarrs Reply

    The police and security services are more like the Stasi every day. How quickly we have turned into being a nation spied upon by corporations and arms of the state and how little fuss we or our “free press” make.

  2. HJarrs Reply

    The police and security services are more like the Stasi every day. How quickly we have turned into being a nation spied upon by corporations and arms of the state and how little fuss we or our “free press” make.

  3. George Coombs Reply

    While I honestly do not feel that the mainstream press is free in any crdible sense of the term I agree with much of what HJarris has said. Yet, if we are to make a “fuss” how do we go about it?

  4. George Coombs Reply

    While I honestly do not feel that the mainstream press is free in any crdible sense of the term I agree with much of what HJarris has said. Yet, if we are to make a “fuss” how do we go about it?

  5. HJarrs Reply

    You can start by voting out those that have let is down in this matter and letting know the reason.

  6. HJarrs Reply

    You can start by voting out those that have let is down in this matter and letting know the reason.

  7. Uncle Ruckus Reply

    Taking into account Welsh Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti’s links with the Hamas terror group and her connections with the fascist Syrian National Party, I think that the Police are more than justified in keeping tabs on certain members of the Marxist Green Party.

  8. Uncle Ruckus Reply

    Taking into account Welsh Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti’s links with the Hamas terror group and her connections with the fascist Syrian National Party, I think that the Police are more than justified in keeping tabs on certain members of the Marxist Green Party.

  9. Clive (another one) Reply

    Ruckus: your post is a prime example of seeking to impute guilt by association. Shabby stuff.

  10. Clive (another one) Reply

    Ruckus: your post is a prime example of seeking to impute guilt by association. Shabby stuff.

  11. Andy South Reply

    Ruckus perhaps you may think the same of our elected politicians of the three ‘main’ parties and their relationship with Israel as that ‘country’ continues to systematically break a series of long-standing UN resolutions, steal Palestinian land, imprison the people of Gaza and oppress, subjugate and murder with impunity the Palestine an people in general – and deny democratic rights to Israel Arabs too?!

  12. Andy South Reply

    Ruckus perhaps you may think the same of our elected politicians of the three ‘main’ parties and their relationship with Israel as that ‘country’ continues to systematically break a series of long-standing UN resolutions, steal Palestinian land, imprison the people of Gaza and oppress, subjugate and murder with impunity the Palestine an people in general – and deny democratic rights to Israel Arabs too?!

  13. Claire Reply

    Can any member or supporter of the Green Party tell me why their Wales leader Pippa Bartolotti drives a jaguar car? Every Green I have asked either tries to change the subject or refuses to answer my question

  14. Claire Reply

    Can any member or supporter of the Green Party tell me why their Wales leader Pippa Bartolotti drives a jaguar car? Every Green I have asked either tries to change the subject or refuses to answer my question

  15. Andy South Reply

    Claire – why would anyone in this area know the answer to your question?! Why don’t you get off your backside, find her email address and ask her directly rather than trying to score some cheap political point on here?!

  16. Andy South Reply

    Claire – why would anyone in this area know the answer to your question?! Why don’t you get off your backside, find her email address and ask her directly rather than trying to score some cheap political point on here?!

  17. VodkaMan Reply

    I have as much respect for the Green Party as I have for a bottle of cheap, stinking cooking-oil from Lidls

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