Unite the Union has just produced a new video that tells the story of the Shrewsbury 24 and their struggle for justice based upon A Very British Conspiracy.
The 47-year legal battle to vindicate the Shrewsbury 24 is one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Britain in our times. This is told in full by the new video, ‘A Lesson in Tenacity’, that tells the story of the Shrewsbury 24 and the campaign, courageously led by Eileen Turnbull. The film is made by Morag Livingstone, author of Charged, on behalf of Unite the Union.
In 1973, 24 builders were arrested for their involvement in a picket line formed on a building site in Shrewsbury at the height of the union strikes the previous year. So began one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice in recent British history. The 24 strikers were charged with over 240 offenses including intimidation, affray and criminal damage. Following a series of trials, six of the workers were found guilty and sent to prison, the rest received non-custodial sentences.
Eileen Turnbull tells the story of these events as well as the long road to justice afterwards as part of the campaign to expose the conspiracy that went up to the heart of the state - police, the judicial system and politicians.
It was not until March 2021 when the campaign had their day in High Court and showed that the police had purposefully destroyed statements, and as a result the judge ruled the convictions as unsafe.