Note from URG: the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance are hosting another of their Voices of the Spied Upon public meetings. These are a great place to find out more about the issue of spycops and how they have impacted on people. Several people from the Undercover Research Group will be also going. More details from the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance below. Please spread the word.
On Monday 10 October 2016 at the University of London, we will bring together four very different people who have been affected by Britain’s political secret police. They will speak of their personal experience, allied spycops struggles, and the path ahead to justice.
Ricky Tomlinson – before we knew him as Jim Royle or Brookside’s Bobby Grant – was a construction worker and trade unionist.
In 1972 he took an active part in the first ever national building workers’ strike. Tomlinson was among 24 people arrested for picketing in Shrewsbury. Government papers now show collusion between police, security services and politicians to ensure these people were prosecuted. Six, including Tomlinson, were jailed.
He is one of several high-profile figures who, despite concrete evidence of being targeted by spycops, has been denied ‘core participant’ status at the Pitchford Inquiry.
Lisa Jones was an environmental and social justice activist. In 2010 she discovered that her partner of six years, Mark Stone, was actually undercover police officer Mark Kennedy.
She gathered evidence, confronted and exposed him. This began a slew of revelations that dragged the murky world of the political secret police into the light.
Eschewing media exposure, Jones was one of eight women who took legal action against the police and, after a gruelling four years, received an unprecedented apology late last year. Now she is coming forward to tell the story for herself.
Duwayne Brooks was the main witness to the murder of his friend Stephen Lawrence. This began a campaign of persecution by the Metropolitan Police.
Special Demonstration Squad whistleblower Peter Francis has described spending hours combing footage of demonstrations, trying to find anything to get Brooks charged.
On two separate occasions he was brought to court on charges so trumped up that they were dismissed without him even speaking.
The Met have admitted that, years after Stephen Lawrence’s murder, police were bugging meetings with Brooks and his lawyer. A veteran of the machinery of inquiries, a repeated victim of spycops, his experience is especially important and pertinent.
Tamsin Allen is a partner at Bindmans, a law firm who were themselves monitored by the Special Demonstration Squad.
She has represented many clients who were spied on by political police.
She has also represented victims at the Leveson Inquiry and is currently representing members of parliament who were monitored by spycops.
Her experience of public inquiries held under the Inquiries Act puts her in an invaluable position as the Pitchford inquiry looms.
DATE: Monday 10 October, 7-9pm
LOCATION: The Venue, University of London, Malet Street WC1E 7HY
Entry is free, but as places are limited it is advisable to book. Reserved spaces will be held until 18.50 on the day, after which people without reservations will be given entry.
Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voices-of-the-spied-upon-tickets-27743181603
You can also spread the word through the Facebook event.