Guardian Exclusive: database shows 124 green, anti-racist and other groups spied on by undercover police.
Police deployed 24 undercover officers to infiltrate a small leftwing political party over a 37-year period, the Guardian can reveal. The database lists 124 groups that have been spied on by undercover police officers since 1968. The database is incomplete as the full list of groups that were spied on has yet to be established.
The list so far compiled, however, suggests police spies overwhelmingly monitored leftwing and progressive groups that challenged the status quo, with only three far-right groups infiltrated – the British National party, Combat 18 and the United British Alliance.
Undercover officers spied on 22 leftwing groups, 10 environmental groups, nine anti-racist campaigns and nine anarchist groups, according to the database.
They also spied on campaigns against apartheid, the arms trade, nuclear weapons and the monarchy, as well as trade unions. Among those spied on were 16 campaigns run by families or their supporters seeking justice over alleged police misconduct.
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1. Apartheid: Jeremy was a staunch opponent of the Apartheid regime and a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the ANC. He was even arrested for protesting outside the South African embassy in 1984.
2. Chile: Jeremy was an opponent of the brutal dictator Pinochet (an ally of the British government under Thatcher) and was a leading campaigner in the quest to bring him to justice. In 1998 Pinochet was arrested in London.
3. LGBT rights: As noted in Pink News, Jeremy was an early champion of LGBT rights. At a time when the Tories decried supporting LGBT rights as ‘loony left’, Jeremy voted against section 28 which sought to demonise same-sex relationships.
4. The Miners’ Strike: Jeremy went against the Labour leadership and fully supported the miners in their effort to prevent the total destruction of their industry and communities. Cabinet papers released last year prove that the NUM were correct to claim that there was a secret hit list of 75 pits which the government were determined to close within 3 years. Ex-mining areas still suffer from the devastating effects of de-industrialisation, particularly high unemployment.
5. Iraq: In the 1970s and 1980s, while the UK and other Western government were selling weapons to their ally Saddam Hussein, Jeremy campaigned and demonstrated against it, as well as protesting against the mass killings of Iraqi Kurds by Saddam’s regime.
6. Birmingham Six and Guildford Four: Jeremy was involved in the campaigns in support of the victims of these appalling miscarriages of justice. The wrongful convictions were eventually quashed.
7. Talking to Sinn Fein: In the 1980s, along with Tony Benn and other Labour MPs, Jeremy drew intense criticism for engaging in dialogue with Sinn Fein and inviting its representatives to the House of Commons. The government claimed it ‘would not talk to terrorists’ but we now know that by 1989, it was secretly engaged in talks. Sinn Fein has been a major party of the Northern Ireland government since 1998 and even the Queen and Prince Charles have now met with its leading figures.
8. Tuition fees: Jeremy opposed New Labour’s introduction of university tuition fees, which explicitly broke Labour’s 1997 election manifesto pledge, as well as all of the subsequent increases. Fees were then trebled under New Labour before being trebled again by the coalition government, leaving the average student in £53k of debt.
9. Private Finance Initiative (PFI): Jeremy argued against this method of funding the building of new schools and hospitals, which was used partly because New Labour had committed itself to Tory spending plans. Instead of financing projects through government borrowing, private finance would build the infrastructure and then lease to the government. PFI deals cost the taxpayer £10bn a year and we will end up paying more than £300bn for assets worth just £54.7bn.
10. Afghanistan: Going against the tide of political and public opinion in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Jeremy opposed the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001. By 2009, most polls showed a majority of British people were against the war and Britain eventually withdrew its troops in October 2014.
11. Iraq, again: Jeremy saw through the ‘dodgy dossier’, the claims of weapons of mass destruction and campaigned and voted against the Iraq war in 2003. In doing so, he helped to organise the biggest demonstration in British history and remains a leading figure in the Stop the War Coalition.
12. Palestine: Jeremy has been a long-standing campaigner for the rights of the Palestinian people, beginning his advocacy at a time when Western public opinion was largely hostile to the Palestinian cause. Last year parliament overwhelmingly voted to recognise Palestine.
13. Public ownership of the railways: Jeremy has always advocated public ownership of our railways. The argument that privatisation would result in competition and thus lower fares has been proved to be entirely incorrect. Instead not only have fares rocketed year on year but the British taxpayer now subsidies the railways to the tune of £4bn a year, around four times the cost of the previous, publicly owned system.
14. Trident: Jeremy has been a long-term campaigner in CND, and has always opposed Britain having nuclear weapons – a difficult argument to make at the height of the Cold War. But now virtually all the polling evidence shows that a majority of people are against spending £100bn on a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons.
15. Austerity: Right from the beginning Jeremy argued and campaigned against austerity. Despite inheriting a situation where the economy was growing, Osborne’s austerity budgets plunged the UK into a double dip recession in April 2012 and by February 2013 Britain lost its AAA credit rating for the first time since the late 1970s. Five years of austerity later and the UK’s debt has actually risen from £1trn in 2010 to around £1.5trn today. The social cost has been shocking, leading to a rise in child poverty, an unprecedented fall in real wages and nearly 1 million people now reliant on food banks to name but a few of the dire consequences.
One person, on average, every week is prosecuted under the Hunting Act, and almost two-thirds are found guilty
Official figures released today reveal more individuals were prosecuted for hunting with dogs last year (2013), than in any other since the 2004 ban came into force.
A total of 110 individuals were charged for offences under the Hunting Act in 2013, an increase on the previous high of 92 in 2009, according to figures released by Justice Minister Damian Green in response to a written parliamentary question from Jim Fitzpatrick.
Today’s Ministry of Justice figures show there has been a steady increase in the number of people being prosecuted for hunting with dogs since 2010, when 49 people faced charges.
2011 saw 72 prosecutions, while in 2012, 84 individuals faced charges.
There have been a total of 527 people convicted under the Hunting Act between the legislation coming into force in February 2005, and the end of 2013. 56 people were convicted for offences under the Act in 2013.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports comments: “The figures for 2013 show just how successful and effective the Hunting Act 2004 is, whilst clearly debunking any argument that the law doesn’t work. The Hunting Act remains the most successful piece of wild animal legislation.
“The League will continue to work with the Police and others to catch and bring individuals flouting the law and causing cruelty to animals to justice.”
Hunt officials continue to be prosecuted under the legislation. Three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds are due to face a total of four charges of hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act in Yeovil Magistrates Court on 29th July. The case is based on evidence supplied by the League and further investigations carried out by Avon & Somerset Police in relation to two separate incidences. source: http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/press-releases/2014/july/hunting-prosecutions-at-all-time-high
Further Reading League Against Cruel Sports
The League Against Cruel Sports is a charity registered in England and Wales (1095234) that brings together people who care about animals. Like the majority of the public, we believe that cruelty to animals in the name of sport has no place in modern society. Hunt Saboteurs Association
There are local hunt saboteur groups all over the UK, all of which are active at least once a week against the hunts and shoots in their area. Groups need volunteers to work either as activists in the field, saving the hunted animals’ lives directly, or to do the vital background work of fundraising, leafleting, etc. without which no group can function.
The Salvation Army is a militant homophobic Christian organisation which uses its donations to mount numerous anti-Human Rights campaigns (1).
The Countryside Alliance is a propaganda campaign on behalf of those who would overturn the hunting ban (2). In short, The Countryside Alliance is Pro-Hunting. Merchandising (3) funds directly support bloodsport. Don’t be swayed by their picturesque Christmas cards.
A great alternative for helping the homeless that you should be supporting is the community-led initiative The Rucksack Project.
“The Rucksack Project is a worldwide movement that is slowly gathering momentum as more and more people decide to undertake a simple, but compassionate task to help those that are sleeping rough on our streets through these harsh winter months. It’s not about grand gestures; it’s not about spending loads of money, or about making a big commitment. It’s about giving up a little of your time, a little bit of loose change and some creative thinking to support another individual.”