Police face questions over covert monitoring of Jeremy Corbyn and other MPs

One of the many unanswered questions hanging over the police’s undercover operations has recently become more acute – to what extent did they covertly monitor Jeremy Corbyn, the new Labour leader, and other elected politicians?

A whistleblower, Peter Francis, has revealed that police compiled secret files on the political activities of Corbyn and nine other MPs, even after they had been elected to the House of Commons.

Francis disclosed that he had read the files on the 10 MPs while he worked for the Metropolitan Police’s special branch.

He added that he had personally collected information on Corbyn, and two other MPs, while he was working undercover infiltrating anti-racist groups in the 1990s. Read this and this for more details of his revelations that were made in March this year.

But with the transformation of Corbyn from an obscure backbencher to the leader of the opposition, police chiefs are potentially facing more embarrassment.

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