The Shrewsbury Pickets outside the Court of Appeal Feb 2021

Welcome

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Please be aware that we are the official campaign. There are other organisations, mainly based in London, with websites who are purporting to represent the convicted pickets. We wish to confirm to you that our campaign committee, based in the North West, is the only body that is acting for and has the support of the pickets.

Shrewsbury 24 campaign

We seek to overturn the unjust prosecution of 24 building workers following the first ever national building workers strike in 1972. They picketed building sites in Shrewsbury and were prosecuted in 1973. They became known as the “Shrewsbury 24”.

Our main focus is an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to have these cases referred to the Court of Appeal and for these miscarriages of justice to be overturned. It was submitted on the 3rd April 2012. Find out more...

The Road to the Court of Appeal

The pickets’ case was heard by the Court of Appeal on 3 and 4 February 2021. The judgement was released on the 23rd March 2021, which announced that the pickets’ convictions have been quashed. Find out more here.

The appeal is the result of the Campaign persuading the CCRC to refer eight pickets’ convictions to the appeal court though sadly two other pickets had given up in 2017 when the CCRC turned down the cases. Find out more here and  here.

The CCRC originally turned down the case in 2017, but was challenged successfully at a judicial review in April 2019.

Building worker pickets (back row L-R) Bernard Williams, Kevin Butcher, Michael Pierce, Terry Renshaw and Ken O'Shea, (front row, L-R) Dawn and Melanie McKinsie Jones, Eileen Turnbull (Researcher) and Harry Chadwick (Chairperson)

Building worker pickets (back row L-R) Bernard Williams, Kevin Butcher, Michael Pierce, Terry Renshaw and Ken O’Shea, (front row, L-R) Dawn and Melanie McKinsie Jones, Eileen Turnbull (Researcher) and Harry Chadwick (Chairperson).

 The Campaign

The Strike

The Pickets