Towards the end of the day, we're due to hear from two of the risk assessors (David Reid and Brian Lockie) who have had dealings with HN155.
We hope that today's hearing ends on time, at 5pm.
The last few days have run much later than expected. Which is not really acceptable for those who have had to rearrange their lives, work and care commitments around the dates and times of these hearings.
@tombfowler Today we are hearing from a non-State core participant/ witness. She has been granted anonymity, so is known as 'Madeleine' – she will not be shown on screen but you can hear her voice.
@tombfowler ‘Madeleine’ is the pseudonym of a woman who was deceived into an intimate relationship by an undercover officer, ‘Vince Miller’ in 1979, while she was an activist with the Socialist Workers Party.
His memory loss was less extensive than the other former #spycops we've heard from. But memory loss can be a selective thing.
He clammed up when asked about the events in Southall on 23 April '79 & claimed not to remember anyone in the @metpoliceuk discussing Blair Peach's death.
@metpoliceuk ...even though we know that #spycops attended Blair's funeral, and spied on the subsequent campaigning for justice ever since. Coates said he couldn't remember any discussion of all that within the SDS.
Today is devoted entirely to the evidence of one former undercover officer, HN304, aka 'Graham Coates'.
He has a lot to say about his time in the #spycops unit, the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS).
The hearing began at 10am - and you will be able to watch an exciting moving transcript of what is said on Youtube, with a ten-minute delay -
Or follow proceedings on Twitter - @tombfowler will also be tweeting live from the Amba hotel room in central London, and hosting occasional short FB live sessions, with non State core participants & other observers giving their reactions to the evidence
Having heard from Richard Chessum, a 'non State core participant' (ie someone who was spied on), the #SpyCopsInquiry is due to hear from another former undercover officer, 'HN200', this afternoon.
This is being streamed on youtube, with a ten-minute delay:
This means you'll be able to see it (and our tweets about it) from about 15:15 onwards.
In the meantime, you can read a summary of HN200's deployment on pages 171-174 of the Counsel to the Inquiry's opening statement: ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
This afternoon's #SpyCopsInquiry hearing will start just after 2pm.
If you'd like to see a moving transcript of what is said (10 mins after it's said) you can watch this on #spycops
Or follow our and @tombfowler 's tweets...
HN298 – using the cover name 'Michael Scott' – was arrested at this demo, blocking the British Lions rugby team bus (they were about to head off on a tour of apartheid South Africa).
@tombfowler HN298 claims to have been in the road at the time of his arrest. He has no recollection of his actions on the day, but says he “would have been going through the motions” (of participating in the direct action).
Stubbs is of the opinion that he was chosen in part due to his dark complexion which may have assisted him to infiltrate groups focusing on Middle Eastern politics at a time when Palestinian hijackings were of significant concern. .
He was initially tasked to infiltrate the Palestinian Solidarity Committee – a group with no terrorist links
"From the 1960s onwards, the international movement against the Apartheid regime in South Africa was one of the world’s largest social movements. Abhorrence at the racist and murderous regime was shared by people aroundthe globe."
"They formed campaigns in support of those in South Africa who were struggling for change and people in Britain played a central rolein campaigning for, and eventually achieving,that change"