Labour MPs have demanded to see secret files that were gathered on them by undercover police in the 1990s even after they had been elected to parliament.
The calls were made in a Commons debate prompted by claims in the Guardian by Peter Francis, a former undercover police officer, that he read secret files on 10 MPs during his 11 years working for the Metropolitan police’s special branch.
Francis said that Scotland Yard held files on MPs Harriet Harman, Peter Hain, Jack Straw, Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn, and the late Bernie Grant, as well as Ken Livingstone, the late Tony Benn, Joan Ruddock and Dennis Skinner.
The deputy Labour leader, Harriet Harman, asked the minister of state for justice, Mike Penning, to assure her that the government would allow her to see a full copy of the information gathered on her.
More astonishing news from the Met. Apart from the constitutional implications, one wonders about the allocation of resources. Resources insufficient to police demonstrations, apparently.