Day 12 of #SpyCopsInquiry – fireworks expected: Dave Smith, of Blacklist Support Group, due to give his belated opening statement on what was due to be a non-sitting day.
Then lawyers for non-core participants to make an application on the scope of questioning for witnesses.
Dave Smith tells #SpyCopsInquiry that Blacklist Support Group represents union members who were blacklisted by construction companies. “When we first spoke about being blacklisted for our union activities we were ignored by the authorities and ridiculed as conspiracy theorists.”
Dave Smith in opening statement to #SpyCopsInquiry: “But blacklisting is not a conspiracy theory. It is a real life conspiracy: secretly organised by multinational construction firms with the collusion of the police and the security services.”
Day 11 of #SpyCopsInquiry: two #spycops who operated in 1969-72 due to be called – “Dick Epps” and “Alan Nixon”/”Alan Bailey”.
Summary of evidence from third #spycop in 1968-69, whose cover name (as well as real name) is being kept secret, due to be read out by inquiry lawyer.
“Dick Epps” in his statement to #SpyCopsInquiry on Conrad Dixon, who set up and headed Met’s SDS, its initial #spycop unit. “Conrad was a clever man, but also an ambitious and devious man. He saw an opportunity for himself as well as an opportunity to create something useful.”
As a Special Branch officer but before becoming a #spycop, “Dick Epps” was deployed to US embassy at time of the anti-Vietnam war demonstrations.
He says in statement: “The Americans had set up a machine gun inside the lobby of the building, ready to defend it if necessary.”
Today, finally, #spycops inquiry is due to start hearing evidence, but it is not being live streamed to public.
We have been hearing core participants’ opening statements since last week. There may still be one or two more of those today before evidence begins.
Despite suggestion by Sir John Mitting yesterday that we would hear one or two further opening statements this am (we still have not heard from Dave Smith, a blacklisted construction worker, and Helen Steel, one of the McLibel 2), #spycops inquiry is going straight into evidence.
Sir John Mitting, chairman of #spycops inquiry, clarifies that Dave Smith cannot give his opening statement because he has contracted coronavirus.
Helen Steel cannot give hers because of unspecified different reasons. They may give their statements at some later point.
We are hearing this am at undercover policing inquiry from Philippa Kaufman the truly mind-blowing story of state sexual abuse of 20 women whom she represents by #spycops, and how these women unearthed who their “boyfriends” really were and exposed them. ucpi.org.uk/hearing/openin…
Philippa Kaufman also represents a 21st woman who developed a friendship, albeit not a sexual relationship, with a #spycop.
Key points in utterly staggering submissions to #spycops inquiry in opening statements last week on behalf of a wide range of core participants that show the sheer scale of secret political policing in UK have gone unreported.
For example, James Scobie, barrister for several CPs, said on Day 5 of undercover policing inquiry on Friday, that #spycop Rick Gibson helped run the Troops Out Movement in 1974-76 by becoming its London organiser and ultimately joint national secretary. ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
Lord (John) Hendy, representing Fire Brigades Union and Unite the Union, and other unions that were REFUSED core-participant status, spoke also on Day 5 (same link as above) of their deep concern about use of #spycops intelligence for “blacklisting” of trade unionists from work.
MI5, working with #spycops, policing MPs, campaigners and anyone seeking social change, as set out in lengthy opening statement by Rajiv Menon, for some core participants in undercover policing inquiry.
“Undercover policing was severely tainted – corrupted – by political motivations and political bias,” says Matthew Ryder, representing many other core participants in #spycopys inquiry, in opening statement.
A common target for #spycops was anyone who campaigned against racism.
One #spycop, Mike Ferguson, targeted Peter Hain because he was campaigning against apartheid in South Africa.
He is said by other #spycops to have become Hain’s “right hand man”.
But Lord Hain cannot confirm this because inquiry REFUSES to tell him #spycop’s COVER NAME.
Michael Creedon is testifying behind closed doors at #CSAinquiry.
However, I AM able to tell you what he has to say because it is already in PUBLIC domain, again demonstrating the farce of hearing all of his evidence – and indeed, much of all witnesses’ evidence – in secret.
Day 8 of Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry: three officers who worked on ‘Operation Magnolia’, Leicestershire Police’s investigation into Lord Janner between 2000 and 2002...
James Wynne, Kevin Yates, Richard Keenan.
Each witness partly in open – and partly in closed – session.
Junior counsel to #CSAinquiry says that Kevin Yates has been taken ill is unfit to give evidence today. He will be rescheduled for next Wednesday.
We are hearing from James Wynne, initially in open session.
James Wynne was a detective sergeant during ‘Operation Magnolia’, which ran from 2000 to 2002, investigating allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children at two Leicestershire children’s homes, including allegations against Lord Janner.
Day 7 of Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry: three witnesses from Leicestershire county council...
John Sinnott, chief executive, due to begin at 10.30am in open session before going behind closed doors.
Then Robert Parker and Brian Waller – each behind closed doors.
John Sinnott, chief executive of Leicestershire county council since 1994, is first witness to testify in open (at least, partly) in FIVE days of Janner hearings at #CSAinquiry.
John Sinnott accepts that in the past there was no oversight by senior managers at Leicestershire county council’s social services department of complaints of sexual or physical abuse of children in the council’s “care” homes.
Day 6 of Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry behind closed doors ALL DAY again for fourth day in a row:
James Coussey of CPS, Jeremy Naunton also of CPS, and evidence read from the late Barbara Fitt, manager of a children’s home in Leicester, and her widower, Ray.
James Coussey, retired senior prosecutor, made the newspapers in 1986 when he had to placate a furious magistrate who threatened to free a man on a murder charge because of prosecution blunders by DPP office.
Nothing compared to prosecution blunders over Greville Janner MP.
Jeremy Naunton, senior lawyer for DPP then CPS, faces qus this pm – behind closed doors – as to why Greville Janner, then Labour MP, was not prosecuted in 1991. Just as he had to explain why Peter Hayman was not prosecuted in 1978, as revealed @FOIACentre: foiacentre.com/news-CSA-inqui…
After I highlighted how #CSAinquiry had been seeking to keep secret even the operational name of the police investigation into Frank Beck, and then, Greville Janner MP in 1991, it has finally made public what it was called: Operation Intern.
Tony Butler was Leicestershire’s assistant chief constable when he oversaw Operation Intern, inv into Frank Beck and then Greville Janner MP. He later became deputy chief constable and has since retired. He is giving evidence behind closed doors at #CSAinquiry. #SecretCSAinquiry
Day 3 of Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry behind closed doors ALL DAY: three Leicestershire officers who were on first police probe into Labour MP Greville Janner in 1991 as part of Frank Beck case... DCI Kelvyn Ashby, Ch Supt Graham Carr, Det Supt Tim Garner.