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Shrewsbury document release 'will shame Ted Heath'

FORMER Tory PM Ted Heath will be shamed for his part in jailing the Shrewsbury pickets when secret documents are finally released, Ricky Tomlinson told Unite members yesterday. 

Mr Tomlinson said “ferret” researcher Eileen Turnball had already unearthed documents showing the police were ordered to infiltrate building workers during the 1972 construction strike. 

And the Trade Union Freedom campaign vice president blasted: “It goes right up to Ted Heath. It was political from the outset.”

Mr Tomlinson recalled how he had never asked for any favours from the state during 17 months in prison and insisted: “I don’t want anything from them now.”

But he bellowed: “I want justice for my friends.”

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey told members that Labour had pledged to release all the withheld documents if it won the next election.

He said: “Then we will know the full truth.”

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