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Lush relaunch anti-spy cops campaign

COSMETICS chain Lush relaunched its anti-spycops campaign across its high street stores today.

Window displays featuring posters bearing the slogan “Paid to Lie” were taken down following criticism.

A Lush spokeswoman confirmed the displays have returned to the company’s shops across Britain but it had replaced the original accompanying image, half showing a man in ordinary clothes, the other half in police uniform.

The Police Spies Out of Lives campaign group said people had misinterpreted the imagery as attacking ordinary police officers.

But the design highlighted the spycops scandal where undercover officers initiated deceptive, long-term, sexual relationships with their targets.

One campaigner, known as Alison, said: “While I accept that those members of the public with no knowledge or understanding of the wrongdoing perpetrated by these units may have initially misread the central campaign image, I do not believe this is true of the Home Secretary” Sajid Javid, who had criticised the poster.

“He understands exactly what this campaign is about. He knows exactly what we’re asking of him and, instead of responding to requests to discuss our concerns, he ignores us and rubs salt into our wounds by attempting to delegitimise our campaign aims."

Campaigners said they hope to convince Mr Javid to take action in relation to the public inquiry into undercover policing.

The inquiry is investigating covert operations carried out by police forces in England and Wales since 1968.

There has been growing discontent among non-police or state participants, who have criticised the inquiry chairman Sir John Mitting and his decisions to grant anonymity to ex-spycops.

Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith, speaking at a panel on the spycops scandal hosted by Lush last night, said: “The British state investigating the British state has not got a good record of exposing the truth.

“We have got to go in and shake that tree as much as we can because some stuff might fall out.”

A Lush spokeswoman said: “It has been incredibly clear over this last week that the plight of the spycops’ victims has universal support from all who hear of it.

“Therefore we have taken away the distraction of what turned out to be a controversial visual to return the focus onto the shocking facts.”


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