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Friday, 29 November 2013

Urgent - Sign the Shrewsbury 24 petition now

You only have till 14 December to sign the Shrewsbury 24 paper petition calling for the release of government documents that pertain to the Shrewsbury trial in 1972. A request to release these documents has been denied on grounds of “national security” and this decision is not due to be reviewed until 2021.

This paper petition replaces the e-petition which is now closed and will be presented at Downing Street on Monday 16 December 2013. The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign found that the Downing Street e-petition site did not properly record all the signatures of supporters who signed Ricky Tomlinson’s e-petition. In response it decided to launch a paper petition. Please download a copy of the paper petition from the website http://www.shrewsbury24campaign.org.uk/petition/ and encourage as many people as possible to sign it. You can also find the campaign on Facebook and Twitter

Return all copies of the Paper Petition by 14th December 2013, it will be presented at Downing Street on Monday 16 December 2013.

Please send all completed forms to:
Post to - P O Box 92, Liverpool, L19 3WD or email to - 24@shrewsbury24campaign.org.uk

The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign Committee was set up by several of the convicted Shrewsbury pickets with local trade union activists following a meeting in Liverpool in 2006. They are supported by many national trade unions, local branches and trades councils as well as by individuals and they welcome further affiliations and support.

The campaign is seeking to overturn the unjust prosecution of 24 building workers who were charged following the first ever national building workers strike in 1972. They picketed building sites in Shrewsbury during the dispute and were prosecuted in Shrewsbury Crown Court in 1973. They became known as the “Shrewsbury 24”.

The main focus of the campaign at present is an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to have the cases of the 24 referred to the Court of Appeal and for these miscarriages of justice to be overturned. It was submitted on the 3rd April 2012. Further news on the progress of the application can be found on their website.

DOWNLOAD the petition here.
Any problems or queries please ring the campaign on 07927 937773
DOWNLOAD an information sheet about the campaign here