It was great to meet up with Terry Renshaw at Conference to reaffirm my support for the Shrewsbury 24 fight. People, like Terry, have been fighting for over 40 years for those unjustly prosecuted following the first ever national building worker strike in 1972.
They picketed building sites in Shrewsbury and were prosecuted in 1973. They became known as the Shrewsbury 24. Some of those 24 live in Flintshire.
Six of the pickets were imprisoned. Their crime was to be part of a trade union campaign to get a decent rate of pay and safer working conditions for all building workers. The most notable picketer that was unjustly prosecuted was Ricky Tomlinson.
Many of the picketers were blacklisted and never worked again. This miscarriage of justice has continued for over 40 years, but is finally coming to a head with an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission currently being considered.
As some of you may know, only last December did I take part in a Westminster Hall Debate to pressure the Government to release the documents that they have sat on for too long.
Since then I have continued to write and question Ministers to get justice for the Shrewsbury 24.