Campaign for the Shrewsbury 24

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Wednesday 20th March, 70 people came to hear Ricky Tomlinson and Eileen Turnbull speak at a seminar in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology.  The event was organised as part of the Department's Social Justice Seminar Series.  They spoke passionately and clearly about their role in the campaign to clear the names of the 24 building workers convicted of criminal offences following the first national building strike in 1972.  Ricky Tomlinson, who was one of the 24, and Eileen Turnbull, a researcher for the campaign and a PhD student in the Department, analysed the political nature of the trials and outlined their case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to overturn the convictions.  They also reported on work that they are doing with a number of MPs to raise the issue in Parliament, and appeal to the audience to support the Downing Street e-petition to release classified documents relating to the case.  The petition is at: 


David Whyte, Ricky Tomlinson & Eileen Turnbull