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GMB Campaigns for Justice Conference 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GMB second annual "Campaigns for Justice" conference on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th September 2015 in Manchester.

Providing more publicity and visibility to each of the campaigns should help campaigners inject fresh impetus and momentum as well as attracting new recruits and supporters says GMB.

GMB will hold the second annual Campaigns for Justice Conference at the ‘Friends Meeting House’ in Manchester on 4th and 5th September 2015. See notes to editors for copy of press release on the first conference in Liverpool in September 2014.

Confirmed speakers so far include:  
 Paul Mc Carthy (North West GMB)
Andy Burnham (MP)
Tom Watson (MP)
Alistair Morgan (Justice4daniel)      
  Sylvia Lancaster (Sophie Lancaster Foundation)    
Michelle Livesey  (Chief Reporter Key 103 - ‘Clare’s Law’)    
Dave Smith (Blacklisting Support Group)    
Helen Steel (#Spycops)  
Eddie Marnell (Cammell Lairds)
 Peter Jukes (Journalist/Author)      
Mike Mansfield (QC - Self Described “Radical Lawyer”)  
 Howard Gayle (Show Racism The Red Card)  

The conference will be opened by Paul McCarthy, GMB North West & Irish Regional Secretary .

This year’s conference will highlight campaigns such as Justice4Daniel with Alistair Morgan speaking about his experience of  trudging through a sewer of police corruption for 28 years and how he has been pressing for a judge led enquiry after his private investigator brother was killed in a horrific axe murder 2 days after he spoke of uncovering “serious police  corruption”.  

Sylvia Lancaster (Sophie Lancaster Foundation) will address the conference on the aims of the charity set up to create respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities in order to work in conjunction with politicians and police forces to ensure individuals who are part of subcultures are protected by the law.  In 2013 Greater Manchester Police became the first to monitor and record hate crimes and incidents against people from Alternative Subcultures. Several other Police Authorities have since followed their example.

Other speakers will include Dave Smith (Blacklisting Support Group), Michelle Livesey (Clare’s Law) and Helen Steel who even when she saw the words “police officer” on her former partner’s marriage certificate, found it hard to take in what it meant. The man she knew as John Barker was an undercover policeman and using the identity of a dead child.  Helen was one of a group of eight women who launched legal action over relationships they had with five undercover police officers over a 25-year period.

Paul McCarthy, GMB North West & Irish Regional Secretary, said “This initiative is aimed primarily at highlighting and supporting various campaigns on behalf of those who have suffered as a consequence of powerful forces thinking they are above the law.  Many of these campaigns involve people who have experienced injustice at the hands of unscrupulous employers or of those in authority or in power.  All of them have one thing in common: Their quest for justice.

GMB supports and is involved in a number of different campaigns for justice for people who have suffered as a consequence of powerful forces thinking they are above the law.  We have lined up speakers involved with some of these campaigns from many different backgrounds who all share the common goals of seeking justice and highlighting the abuses of power perpetrated by the state and its various agencies against ordinary people in the workplace or in wider communities.

By helping to provide more publicity and visibility to each of the campaigns we hope to help campaigners inject fresh impetus and momentum as well as attracting new recruits and supporters.  We want to help in applying pressure on the powers that be to begin to deliver justice to all those who have been wronged by people who have abused their positions and, in some cases, colluded with a number of agencies to suppress those people’s rights.  

Some of the campaigns have been running for many years and in some cases they are starting to see the light at the end of a very long tunnel.  In most instances this is as a direct result of the tireless efforts and dedication of the people leading the campaigns, without whom it is difficult to imagine that those campaigns would ever have their ultimate aim in sight – JUSTICE.”

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Contact Neil Smith 07740 804063 or Terry Mellor 07970 410905 or 0161 627 3062 or contact Neil Smith by email: neil.smith@gmb.org.uk or GMB press office 07921 289880.

Tickets available from Neil Smith on 0161 622 4997or by Email at neil.smith@gmb.org.uk
 

Notes to editors

GMB press release dated 4th September 2014:

GMB “CAMPAIGNS FOR JUSTICE” CONFERENCE RUNNING ORDER FOR FRIDAY 5TH & SATURDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2014 JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY LIVERPOOL

There will be speakers from the different campaigns for justice for those who have suffered as a consequence of powerful forces thinking they are above the law and it is now time to try to join the dots in these campaigns says GMB

The two day GMB organised “Campaigns for Justice” conference takes place at John Moores University in Liverpool on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September.  

The running order for speakers at the conference is as follows:


· Dave Smith (Blacklisting Support Group), 1.45pm 5th

· Andy Burnham (Shadow Health Secretary) 2pm 5th

· Margaret Aspinall (Hillsborough Family Support Group)  2.50pm 5th

· Brian Reade (Daily Mirror) 3.25pm 5th

· David Conn (The Guardian) 4.10 5th

· Dave Hopper (Durham Miners Association) will speak about Orgreave and the treatment of miners by the same police who marshalled Hillsborough and failed to deal with the scandal in Rotherham. 10.15am 6th

· Neil Findlay (MSP) on issues related to miner’s strike.11am 6th

· Alistair Morgan who has for 24 years fought to get his brothers killers brought to justice after he exposed “serious police corruption”. 12noon 6th

· Tom Watson Labour MP who exposed wrongdoing at News International       12.45pm 6th

· Ricky Tomlinson (Shrewsbury 24 Campaign) 2.30pm 6th

· Bryan Davies (Remploy) 3.30pm 6th

· Eddie Marnell one of the jailed workers at Cammell Laird and still trying to get papers released with Dave Hulse 3.45pm 6th


Neil Smith, GMB political officer, said “GMB is involved in a number of campaigns for justice for people who have suffered as a consequence of powerful forces thinking they are above the law.

We have lined up speakers involved with the different campaigns. It is now time to try to join the dots in these different campaigns for justice.

We hope that the event will help the campaigns to expose those who abused their positions of power and colluded with a number of agencies to suppress people’s rights. We also hope it helps the different campaigns win new recruits and gain fresh momentum to secure the justice these campaigns have long sought”.

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