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Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 - Stop the silence

Thursday 23 January 2014 at 11:00-19:00

Shrewsbury 24 Ask your MP to attend the debate on the Shrewsbury 24

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey: “There have been many miscarriages of justice uncovered in recent years and this I believe will be another.”

It’s time for prime minister David Cameron to right a more than 40-year wrong for construction workers that were put on trial in Shrewsbury for their trade union activities. The main focus of the Shrewsbury 24 campaign is an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to have the cases of the 24 referred to the Court of Appeal and for these miscarriages of justice to be overturned. It was submitted on the 3rd April 2012. 

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The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign believes the charges were politically motivated and that there was government interference in the prosecutions. It is calling for the release of all the government papers relating to the trials. The government is continuing to refuse to release these documents under the Freedom of Information Act claiming “national security” as the reason.

On Thursday 23 January 2014, there will be a backbench debate in the House of Commons where campaigners hope MPs will urge the government to release papers which have been suppressed for almost 40 years. The debate will be on the following motion: 'That this House is seriously concerned at the decision of the government to refuse to release papers related to the building dispute in 1972 and subsequent prosecutions, and calls on them to reverse their position as a matter of urgency.'

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Please ask your MP to join the debate on the Shrewsbury 24, why not email them? Simply type in your postcode in the form below and your message and tell them to turn up on Thursday morning. 

Background

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “There have been many miscarriages of justice uncovered in recent years and this I believe will be another.”

The workers had been peacefully picketing construction sites in the town during 1972 in support of the nationally called building workers strike when police arrested them. After lengthy trials at Shrewsbury crown court, six of the workers, including actor Ricky Tomlinson, who was then working as a plasterer, were jailed. The workers have been protesting their innocence ever since and are progressing an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Len continued: “Many, including Unite, believe that the trial was politically motivated, evidence deliberately withheld and charges falsified in what was a gross miscarriage of justice. These beliefs are reinforced by the refusal of government to release all government papers, documentation and evidence relating to the arrest and prosecution of the pickets, citing ‘national security’ in their defence against requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.” 

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