The Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing was announced in 2014. The police wrong doing uncovered by women activists is central to the Inquiry’s remit. The Inquiry has started to hear evidence in November 2020. It is unlikely to report findings until 2027.

On 24th November 2020, BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight covered the story of our work to make the first tranche of Inquiry hearings more accessible. By bringing in actors such as Maxine Peake, Siobhan McSweeney and Barnaby Taylor to read the Ceefax style transcript live via our YouTube channel, we succeeded in drawing the public’s attention to the farcical nature of proceedings so far.

You can listen to the BBC item here.

The Campaign for Police Surveillance (COPS) produced excellent summaries of each day’s evidential hearings. You can read these here.

We want this inquiry to be a robust, transparent investigation into what has happened in British political policing over the last 50 years.

We were initially pleased that the public inquiry originally known as the Pitchford Inquiry was established to investigate undercover policing in England and Wales, but its progress is too slow and the presiding judge, Sir John Mitting, is making decisions that we feel benefit the police more than us. We want a panel of advisors to support Mitting as he is seemingly clueless with regards to matters of race, class and gender. We have been repeatedly refused this request.

The remit of the inquiry does not go far enough. It is limited only to England and Wales despite many of the spycops travelling and infiltrating actions and movements both in Scotland, Ireland and elsewhere.

We are working with other core participants to try to ensure the inquiry is worth our while. The more public pressure felt by those under scrutiny, the more likely it is that we will achieve some justice. If those trying to get away with hiding their wrong doing believe no-one is watching and nobody cares, they are more likely to perpetuate these human rights violations again.

This is a public inquiry so the public should know what’s going on.

Please get involved and spread the word.




English undercover police have spent extensive parts of  their deployments taking part in political action outside England and  Wales. The deployment of spycops abroad must be investigated.



There seems to a revolving door between undercover police units and private  security firms. It is precisely because corporations are not part of the police that their  role in undercover operations is so concerning, yet this is not currently part of any investigation. The activities of these firms, and their connections to undercover police must be fully and openly examined.

“(A) concern is the way in which officers are pulled out of their undercover roles and yet still able to use the characters created for them after they leave the police. The character of Mark Stone was set up using all  the resources, training and back up of the Metropolitan Police and then, it is alleged, went on to be used for corporate profit. Mark  Kennedy claimed to the Home Affairs Select Committee in February 2013 that he had been working for the company Global Open at  the time that he was still part of our lives. What looks to us like a revolving door between the police and private companies needs to stop, and the inquiry must not ignore it. “ Kate Wilson & Lisa