Report of successful Labour Party Conference Fringe Meetings 2012

Two successful fringe meetings were held at the Labour Party conference on 3rd October 2012.   Tom Watson MP and John McDonnell MP spoke alongside pickets Ricky Tomlinson and Terry Renshaw.  The meeting was supported by Steve Rotherham MP and Steve Murphy, UCATT General Secretary.

Tom Watson pledged his support to the campaign and said that he would do all that he can in Parliament to promote the issue.  John McDonnell spoke of his Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on the Government to release all the papers relating to the strike and prosecutions. He explained the link between the Shrewsbury campaign and the employers’ blacklisting of building workers who have been active trade unionists and safety representatives. John said that the recent publication of the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel demonstrated the cover ups that have gone on in the past. The Shrewsbury pickets have been waiting even longer, 40 years, for the truth to be uncovered and their miscarriage of justice to be quashed.

Photographs © Chris Gregory 2012

Rob Flello MP, Mick Whelan Aslef General Secretary

Rob Flello MP, Mick Whelan Aslef General Secretary, Eileen Turnbull and Ricky Tomlinson

From L to R: Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary,  Steve Murphy UCATT General Secretary, Mick Whelan Aslef General Secretary, John Hannett USDAW General Secretary, Eddie Roberts Campaign Chairman,  Eileen Turnbull Campaign researcher & treasurer, John Bohanna Campaign Committee member, convicted pickets Ricky Tomlinson and Terry Renshaw, Tom Watson MP.

From L to R: Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary, Steve Murphy UCATT General Secretary, Mick Whelan Aslef General Secretary, John Hannett USDAW General Secretary, Eddie Roberts Campaign Chairman, Eileen Turnbull Campaign researcher & treasurer, John Bohanna Campaign Committee member, convicted pickets Ricky Tomlinson and Terry Renshaw, Tom Watson MP.

Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary, George Guy Assistant UCATT General

Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary, George Guy Assistant UCATT General Secretary, Eileen Turnbull and Terry Renshaw.

John McDonnell MP addresses the meeting alongside other members of the platform, Ricky Tomlinson, Eddie Roberts, Terry Renshaw, Tom Watson MP and Eileen Turnbull.

John McDonnell MP addresses the meeting alongside other members of the platform, Ricky Tomlinson, Eddie Roberts, Terry Renshaw, Tom Watson MP and Eileen Turnbull.

John McDonnell MP

John McDonnell MP

Tom Watson MP

Tom Watson MP

Terry Renshaw, UCATT Branch Secretary and convicted picket

Terry Renshaw, UCATT Branch Secretary and convicted picket.

Steve Rotherham MP, Tom Watson MP,

Steve Rotherham MP, Tom Watson MP, Eileen Turnbull and Ricky Tomlinson

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