Legal challenge vs the Home Secretary refused permission


Today, three victims of undercover policing were dismayed to learn that that they have been denied permission to proceed with their Judicial Review against the Home Secretary’s decision not to appoint additional panel members to sit alongside Sir John Mitting in the first stages of the Undercover Policing Inquiry.i

Handing down judgement this morning, Mr Justice Supperstone ruled that there had been no material developments which required the Home Secretary to reconsider the decision.

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Police fail to close down undercover relationship case following new revelations

Today in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) [1], the police failed in their attempt to close down Kate Wilson’s [2] human rights claim [3] about secret political policing and her relationship with the undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.

This was the police’s fourth failed application to limit the extent of the IPT investigation. After seven years of litigation, they still haven’t answered the detailed claims made.

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Police admit managers supported serious human rights abuses, but try to obstruct court from learning more

  • The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has admitted that a sexual relationship a police officer had while he was undercover was a violation of her  fundamental right not to be subjected to torture or inhumane and degrading treatment

  

  • They have admitted that he had the backing of his cover officers and line manager to  have that relationship.

 

  • They are now seeking to prevent the Tribunal from examining the legality of the operations, the role of sexism and political persecution in the decisions made, and the involvement of senior commanding officers.

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Lush has taken the critics by surprise

Today, the Lush campaign returns to shop windows across the U.K.

The decision to suspend the window campaign last Friday was made by Lush, for the safety and well-being of their staff. In some stores, they had been subjected to aggressive behaviour and verbal attacks from angry critics. Like other #spycops campaigners, we condemn the bullying and harassment of people in their work-places.

As we and Lush have been saying ever since Friday, “the conversation continues” – we are campaigning as hard as ever, and have been boosted by all the public support that we’ve received.

The manufactured ‘controversy’ led to Lush’s latest window campaign becoming front-page news, and many more people learning about the shocking #spycops scandal for the very first time.

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