Inquiry to examine claims police spied on Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone


This is a serious matter; the only reason police could have been asked to monitor the activities of Messrs Corbyn, Livingstone etc is political.

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.

In a ruling earlier this week (pdf), Pitchford said: “Matters of importance to the inquiry are whether undercover police operations were directed at politicians, and if so, for what purpose.”

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.

Source: Inquiry to examine claims police spied on Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone | UK news | The Guardian

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6 thoughts on “Inquiry to examine claims police spied on Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone

    1. Michael Broadhurst

      funny that,how files go missing when someone gets close to Tory dirty activities
      or illegal underhand activities,or even child abuse at the heart of a certain Tory govt.

  1. Nick

    it sounds like M (Ralph Fiennes) mike we are led to believe that this organization is somehow fictitious ?

    well if there like the DWP they know everything about you and if they ever come god forbid to visit you with a compliance visit you will know that they know everything about you and all of your friends and family

    yes it is a shock to have had all of your movements monitored for many years but at least i passed their test and what i failed on (time spent online) i’ve had to cut back on it’s nothing i can’t handle and i guess it’s the same for corbyn he’s watched at every move and has to put up with it like i have to

  2. Guy Ropes

    Can we have a little bit of proportion here please? Are you saying that this didn’t go on under Labour? Of course it did. This is not down to political parties, it’s down to the establishment. It shows how “democratic” our system is. Pitchford will die of natural causes before this particular ‘enquiry’ is concluded and published.

  3. Darren Woodiwiss

    Have you read the Public Inquiries Act 2005… they might not be worth the paper they are written on.

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