Chris Grayling MP, Letter In Full

This is a transcript of the letter to the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign from the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling date 23 November 2012. It was sent in response to a request to release government documents relating to the Shrewsbury Trial of 1973/4.

Thank you for your letter of 8 October on behalf of Mr Terry Renshaw, further to your previous correspondence with Kenneth Clarke about the above trials.

In his previous letter, my predecessor explained that the “security blanket”, under which the few papers not in the public domain about the Shrewsbury Trials were retained, was under review. On 19 December 2011 Kenneth Clarke signed a new instrument which records that he has given his approval for the retention of records within scope of the exemption provided by section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act. The information relating to the Shrewsbury Trials is covered by this security instrument. The Instrument replaced two previous security instruments and will be in force until 31 December 2021. Therefore the reasons for not releasing this information given in Kenneth Clarke’s letter of 8 November 2010 remain valid.

The instrument can be found at:

Notes explaining the instrument can be found at:

As a result, I regret that I cannot meet your request to release the remaining papers relating to this case. I have enclosed a copy of this letter to send to Mr Renshaw should you wish to do so.

Chris Grayling

The Shrewsbury pickets are now in there Sixties and Seventies and cannot wait another 9 years to see the contents of these documents. If you would like to help get them released before 2021 please sign our HM Government e-petition.

Terry Renshaw

Terry Renshaw

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