ASHFIELD’S MP has spoken of the ‘creepy’ allegation that she was put under surveillance by the News of the World.
Gloria De Piero’s name appears on a list of people a private investigator says the paper asked him to follow between 2003 and 2011.
The News International-owned tabloid was closed down in July amid the scandal surrounding members of its staff hiring investigators to hack into people’s mobile phone voice messages.
The list was published last week amid claims by investigator Derek Webb about the scale of the paper’s targeting of high-profile figures in the search for stories.
Labour MP Ms De Piero said it was ‘upsetting’ to see her name mentioned in the claims.
“It’s obviously not pleasant to have your privacy invaded and knowing that for a week someone was trailing my every move is creepy,” she said.
She added she understood the surveillance took place in 2006 while she was still a reporter for GMTV.
She added: “Of course I hope News International have cleaned up their practices but my number one priority now is to represent the people of Ashfield.”
The name of her predecessor, Geoff Hoon, also appears on the list.
Prince William and Prince Harry are also mentioned, alongside several footballers, actors and politicians.
Although surveillance is not illegal, the allegations add further embarrassment to News International, the News of the World’s parent company.
A News International spokesman said: “We are not able to make any comment around the specific work carried out by Derek Webb.
“As is well known, The News of the World was closed by News International during the summer.”
Ms De Piero is GMTV’s former politics editor and has also worked as a journalist for the BBC.