Are we to conclude, if they were being monitored, that the Conservative Party was compiling information about them in an attempt to find something they could exploit for political advantage?
If so, that’s misuse of the police. We would need to be told who ordered it – and how they will be punished.
A public inquiry is to scrutinise allegations that police covertly monitored Labour MPs including Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone in the 1990s.
Lord Justice Pitchford, the senior judge leading the public inquiry into undercover policing, ruled this week that an important part of his inquiry would focus on the claims that the police collected information about the political activities of politicians.
His decision comes after a former undercover officer said in March that police kept secret files on Corbyn, Livingstone and eight other Labour politicians after they had been elected to parliament.
It is one of a series of allegations that will be looked at during the inquiry, which will examine how undercover police units infiltrated hundreds of political groups over more than 40 years.
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