June 03 2021

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Episode 11: ‘This inquiry is pandering to the police’

It has taken ten years for Kate Wilson, the environmental campaigner deceived into a relationship with the undercover police officer Mark Kennedy, to have her day in court. This week, a specialist tribunal has been hearing how police bosses allowed and even encouraged officers into sexual relationships with activists that they were sent to spy on. KateWilson talks to Jon Robins in this week’s Justice Gap podcast produced by Calum

Episode 10: ‘A life on hold’

Miscarriages of justice cases like that of Oliver Campbell are the reason why we have an independent miscarriage of justice watchdog. In this week’s Justice Gap podcast, we talk to Oliver and his supporters about why they believe that in this case the Criminal Cases Review Commission has been more of a hindrance than a help. Calum McCrae and Jon Robins report Oliver Campbell was convicted of murder in 1991

Episode 9: ‘The decriminalisation of rape’

The dwindling number of prosecutions of rape has led Human rights lawyer Harriet Wistrich to believe we have ‘virtually decriminalised’. Earlier in the year the legal charity that she founded, the Centre for Women’s Justice, brought a challenge in the courts against the Crown Prosecution Service’s rape charge policy on behalf of the End Violence Against Women Coalition. In this week’s episode, the campaigning feminist lawyer tells Calum McCrae why

Episode 8: ‘No case to answer’

One early March morning almost four years ago, 15 protestors broke the perimeter fence and entered a remote part of Stansted airport where a Titan aircraft was set to deport migrants to Nigeria and Ghana. The group were trying ‘to prevent deportees being killed’ and spark a debate about the morality of the Home Office’s use of chartered flights. They would end up being charged under legislation intended for terrorists.

Episode 7: ‘Truth and lies about modern slavery’

Modern slavery is not what you think it is, Emily Kenway tells Jon Robins in this week’s Justice Gap podcast. Her new book begins with a quote from the former prime minister, then Home Secretary, Theresa May in 2016 involving William Wilberforce and setting out her determination to ‘rid our world of this barbaric evil’. The episode is produced by Calum McCrae. May said: ‘Just as it was Britain that

Episode 6: ‘It was a political trial – start to finish’

Veteran actor Ricky Tomlinson – star of Royle Family, Brookside etc – has been engaged in a 47-year fight for justice alongside fellow trade unionists after being jailed in relation to their role during the 1972 builders strike. Today, the Court of Appeal will finally look at the convictions of the so called Shrewsbury 24 and, they hope, right a miscarriage of justice. In the latest episode of the Justice Gap

Episode 5: ‘The louder I will sing’

In the early morning of September 28 1985, armed police raided 22 Normandy Road in Brixton. As Cherry Groce rose from bed to see what was going on, she was shot, leaving her paralysed for the rest of her life and sparking the Brixton uprising of 1985. In this episode of The Justice Gap Podcast, the author and Cherry’s son Lee Lawrence speaks to Calum McCrae. ‘The last thing I remember

Episode 4: ‘The greatest stain on our justice system’

Tommy Nicol was sentenced to four years in 2009 under the now-abolished Imprisonment for Public Protection sentencing scheme. IPPs are indeterminate sentences under which offenders were given a minimum tariff but no maximum – meaning that they have no idea when they will be out. In 2015, Tommy lost hope that he would ever be released and took his own life. In episode 4 of the Justice Gap podcast, we spoke to

Episode 3: ‘People are coming together. It’s possible to resist.’

Michael Mansfield QC believes that he has been a victim of state surveillance since the early 1970s when as a newly qualified barrister he was acting for the likes of the Angry Brigade and the Price Sisters; almost half a century later the veteran radical lawyer finds himself at the Undercover Policing Inquiry not representing families but as a core participant. ‘People didn’t want me to do those cases,’ he

Episode 2: ‘This isn’t spying on terrorists. This is political policing’

Dave Smith was always going to be builder – all the men in his family worked in the construction industry – but suddenly, and in the middle of a building boom, his worked dried up. His name appeared on the ‘blacklist’ – an unofficial and illegal checklist of workers involved trade union or other activism. In the second episode of The Justice Gap Podcast, Dave Smith tells Calum McCrae that, though