Dorset

Spied-on mum stands for Poole council election

Jenny Paton
Image caption Jenny Paton took action against Poole Borough Council in 2009 under the Investigatory Powers Act

A Dorset mother who was spied on by a council is standing for election to the same local authority.

Conservative-run Poole Borough Council secretly investigated Jenny Paton's family in 2008 to see if they lived in the right school catchment area.

An Investigatory Powers Tribunal found the council breached the Human Rights Act.

Miss Paton is standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the forthcoming Branksome East by-election.

The council had spied on the family 21 times to see if they lived in the catchment area for the successful and over-subscribed Lilliput First School.

Miss Paton was nominated for the 2010 UK Human Rights award for campaigning against surveillance laws.

Poole Borough Council said nominations had not yet closed for the by-election on 15 November, which was caused by the resignation due to the ill health of Conservative councillor Stephen Rollo-Smith.

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