POSH Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg warned against âintrusiveâ police powers as he revealed how he was stopped and searched by cops while driving his children along Londonâs Pall Mall.
The backbench favourite told how he was âhauledâ over close to where his mother lives when police instructed him to get out and open his car boot.
In a discussion on LBC radio he said: âWe did have difficulties under stop and search, the law did allow the police to declare a zone in London where they could stop anyone under anti-terrorism powers.
âThey didnât like the look of me, and they, at that point, could stop anybody they felt like it in these specified zones around sensitive government areas and it was a very intrusive power in my view.â
The financier turned MP described his attitude to the stop and search as a âlittle bit grumpyâ – although he said the police were âperfectly politeâ.
He added: âI think the police have the powers that they need for stop and search and itâs how they use them.
âItâs really important that stop and search powers are used in a race blind way, we do not want a group of people from minority communities feeling that the police are not on their side.â
It comes amid a growing debate on the use of stop and search powers by police and a spike in violent crime in London.
When Home Secretary, Theresa May brought in changes in 2014 meaning cops can only stop people if there is âreasonable grounds for suspicionâ.
It came amid fears the power was being used disproportionately against black and ethnic minority groups.
But since then violent crime has risen – prompting fears for police powers to be increased.