Members of the Ashton under Lyne CLP were delighted to welcome the Shrewsbury 24 campaign group to their March meeting.
Their spokesperson Terry Renshaw gave a heartfelt account of the injustice that he and 23 other workers who took part in the National Builders Strike of 1972.
The campaign group 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 council as well as by individuals.
The campaign seeks 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.
Angela has long supported their campaign for justice.