Police spy on Caroline Lucas, file shows

Posted On 28 Apr 2016 at 11:54 am

A police unit set up to monitor extremists has been spying on Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas for eight years, newly released files show.

Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas

The Guardian is today reporting that former Green Party leader Ms Lucas was logged as attending the Stop the MFE demonstration in April 2014, as well as a Brighton demo against disability cuts in February 2014, where it was noted she spoke with journalists.

Her eight-year-long file also records her participation in environmental demos in 2008 and 2009, while she was an MEP, and a speech given at an anti-austerity demo in London last June.

Ms Lucas told the Guardian: “Spending precious resources on monitoring elected politicians is a clear waste of the public’s money – and sends a chilling message to those who want to engage in peaceful political demonstrations. Nobody should be subject to arbitrary surveillance.

“It’s this kind of thinking that has led police in this country to waste vast amounts of taxpayers’ money in infiltrating environmental groups. The police should focus resources on fighting real crime, not attempting to stifle legitimate protest.”

The files also show that the Green’s London mayoral candidate Sian Berry has been monitored. It is already known that the domestic extremism unit has monitored London Assembly member Jenny Jones, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, and Kent councillor Ian Driver.

Police refused to comment on the specifics of the file, but said that the domestic extremism unit, which keeps files on thousands of protesters, gathers data for policing purposes.

The files were released after the four Green Party members submitted requests under the data protection act.

  1. malcolm marshall Reply

    why dont they monitar the Tory part rack some shit up then post it on -line that would be money well spent

  2. Gerald Wiley Reply

    Excellent news that Caroline’s dubious links to various alleged extremist groups are being investigated and monitored by the police (and hopefully by other government security forces as well).

    I recall previously she wanted to be exempted from all and any forms of interception of her communications with prisoners as she was an MP.

    Peaceful, responsible protests are definitely okay, but the chaos she caused at Balcombe and her links with Greenpeace, UAF, anti-austerity (and other far-left groups) often push the boundaries of what ‘peaceful’ means and so no wonder that the police are keeping an eye on her.

    Who does she think she is?

  3. Simon Reply

    Gerald. Are you serious ? She campaigns against heinous abuses of our environment. Unless you you work for an oil company and are complicit your opinion is still offens4. However blaming ms Lucas for causing chaos in Balcombe is erroneous to say the least. She , as do we all have the right to complain when we the electorate disagree.

    • Gerald Wiley Reply

      Deadly serious – whilst she may well have honourable intentions, her use of ‘civil disobedience’ and links with various anarchistic groups are well publicised and as such she should expect to be monitored.

      If she has nothing to hide (I know it’s a cliché) then what is she worried about?

      It seems her fellow supporters are always only too keen to publish the dirt about out MPs, but steadfastly want to protect the blessed Caroline.

  4. Joe Stains Reply

    Good; the woman is a bloody nuisance…

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