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Shrewsbury pickets win right to appeal

THE Shrewsbury pickets — wrongly imprisoned for their role in a 1972 construction workers’ strike — yesterday won the right to appeal, 47 years after they were jailed.

Years of painstaking investigations and research by the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign have unearthed new evidence to persuade the Criminal Cases Review Commission to refer the convictions to the Court of Appeal.

The investigation was led by the campaign’s researcher and secretary Eileen Turnbull, who travelled the country to find fresh evidence to persuade the CCRC to refer the case to the  court.

Terry Renshaw, one of the pickets, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the decision and look forward to our day in court to show that we were victims of a miscarriage of justice.”

The campaign is backed by 21 national trade unions, the TUC and the Labour Party and hundreds of local union branches, trades councils and Labour branches.

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