United Left sends its full support and solidarity to the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign which is back in court on 3 and 4 February.
They have had a long hard fight for justice, but have never given up.
The Criminal Case Review Commission decided in March 2020 to refer the historic convictions of eight members of the Shrewsbury 24 to the Court of Appeal.
Unite has provided consistent support financial backing for the campaign, which was set up to overturn the convictions of the building workers arrested on trumped up “conspiracy” charges during the early 1970s while picketing over pay in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
The eight appeals apply to those who were jailed or received suspended prison sentences in 1973-74.
Des continued to defy the state in prison.
He coordinated his campaign for justice from his prison cell, meeting with Labour MPs, union and Communist party leaders. He went on three hunger strikes, spent a total of six months in solitary confinement and was eventually accepted as a political prisoner by Amnesty International (which under pressure from .
The prison authorities administered the “liquid cosh” the drug largactil, known to cause Parkinson’s disease, which he subsequently developed.
The campaign is requesting that you express support on 3 and 4 February – not by attending the court or demonstrating outside because of the COVID-19 regulations – but by tweeting @shrewbury24C