The Parliamentary Debate

The Shrewsbury 24 Parliamentary Back Bench Debate calling for the release of all papers relating to the 1972 building workers strike and the subsequent trials took place in the House of Commons on Thursday 23rd January 2013.

On Tuesday 24th March David Anderson MP made an update at Westminster on the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign’s fight to get government papers released. See below.

The Campaign wishes to thank you all for your support

We are delighted with the debate in Parliament on the 23rd January, 2014. To bring the issue of the Shrewsbury Pickets back into the centre of the political system is a tremendous step in our fight to overturn this miscarriage of justice. To achieve a vote of 120 to 3 for the release of documents gives the campaign confidence of success in 2014.

We would like to thank everyone who supported our petitions in calling upon the government to release all the documents relating to the charges, trials and convictions of the pickets.

A special thanks to the Labour MPs on the Backbench Business Committee who successfully secured the debate in Parliament. The team of MP’s led by David Anderson and ably supported by John McDonnell, Tom Watson and Steve Rotheram worked hard to encourage Labour MP’s to participate in the debate. They brought about a unity in the PLP which has not been seen for a long time. This was demonstrated both in the well researched and precise arguments put by the MPs on the floor of the house and the vote which followed.

We would also like to particularly thank the following people who played crucial support which lent to the success of the debate: Len McCluskey Unite General Secretary and his team; James Bevan and Daniel Carden. Karie Murphy who is the Office manager for Tom Watson.Also Amy Jackson,who is the  Liaison Officer for Unite the union. Steve Murphy UCATT General Secretary, Jim Kennedy National Political Officer and his team who following their success in having the blacklisting firm Carillion ‘de-invited’ from having a stand at the Labour Party Conference in 2013, took over the stand and invited us to promote the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign for the duration of the conference. Thank you all.

Finally a big thank you to the tens of thousands of people who signed the petitions and the trade union activists who circulated petition sheets and sent them to us.

Eileen Turnbull Researcher and Treasurer

Watch the 2014 debate

You can read the transcript at Hansard:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140123/debtext/140123-0002.htm#14012382000001

The Motion

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 of the workers known as the Shrewsbury 24 and calls on it to reverse this position as a matter of urgency.

The Result

This motion was proposed but David Anderson and debated 0n 23/1/2014 in the Back Bench debate in the House of Commons. The motion was passed by 120 votes to 3.

Ricky Tomlinson, Eileen Turbull and Terry Renshaw on College Green before the debate.

Ricky Tomlinson, Eileen Turbull and Terry Renshaw on College Green before the debate.

Press Coverage

The whole of the debate:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/house-of-commons-25859595

The transcript at Hansard:

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140123/debtext/140123-0002.htm#14012382000001

Below if some of the coverage of the day:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shrewsbury-24-ricky-tomlinson-wants-3048439

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-25866461

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/unless-ricky-tomlinson-is-working-for-alqaida-national-security-is-an-odd-reason-for-secrecy-8462110.html

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-1e15-Shrewsbury-24-activists-hail-MPs-vote-for-full-facts-of-1972-plot

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/01/23/bid-for-release-of-shrewsbury-24-papers/

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/01/23/labour-mps-call-for-release-of-shrewsbury-24-papers-in-commons-debate/

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/jan/20/ricky-tomlinson-shrewsbury-24-secrecy

http://www.shropshirelive.com/2014/01/23/shrewsbury-24-debate-takes-place-in-house-of-commons/

http://www.thelondoneconomic.com/2014/01/23/englands-erin-brockovich-vs-24-miscarriages-of-justice/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-25815690

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/andy-mcsmiths-diary-aidan-burley-is-not-antisemitic–hes-just-stupid-and-very-convincing-9078461.html

http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/regional/bid-to-release-jailed-picket-papers-1-5825525

http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2014-01-23/shrewsbury-24-debate-to-be-held-in-parliament/

http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ricky-tomlinson-and-unite-urge-mps-to-back-the-shrewsbury-24/

http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/pcs_comment/index.cfm/mps-to-vote-on-release-of-shrewsbury-24-papers

http://www.itv.com/news/2013-01-23/the-royle-familys-ricky-tomlinson-to-urge-government-to-release-shrewsbury-24-documents/

http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-01-23/tomlinson-accuses-ministers/

http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/regional/bid-to-release-jailed-picket-papers-1-5825525

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/with-insights-like-these-gerald-howarth-must-be-a-shooin-for-the-most-cerebral-backbencher-award-9086449.html

http://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/listen-durkan-weighs-in-on-shrewsbury-24-debate-over-widgery-role-1-5832410

Going Underground interview:

Watch the update from March 2015

On Tuesday 24th March, 2015 David Anderson MP made an update at Westminster on the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign’s fight to get government papers released. You can watch this on parliamentlive.tv (view from 16:00 on the video). Simon Hughes, Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, also gave a statement on why the papers are still being held and that a review might allow them to be released at the end of 2015 (from 16:16 on the video).

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