Corruption, Spying, Racism and Accountability: UK Policing in the 21st Century

Many campaigners who have been infiltrated by undercover spies feel personally betrayed when they discover the true identities of people they once counted as friends (and even lovers). Comedian and writer Mark Thomas has created a play about one particular friend who turned out, it appears, to be a corporate spy working for a giant arms company. In this session he recounts his personal experience of living with his friend who turned out to be spy.

The talk was part of the session called 'When Corporate Needs and Policing Collide', and was chaired Balvinder Gill, Imran Khan and Partners.

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Corruption, Spying, Racism and Accountability: UK Policing in the 21st Century

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National Conference: London 6 and 7 February 2015

This channel hosts the talks delivered during the national two day conference about corruption, spying, racism and accountability. The conference was co-organised by The Monitoring Group, the Centre…


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National Conference: London 6 and 7 February 2015

This channel hosts the talks delivered during the national two day conference about corruption, spying, racism and accountability. The conference was co-organised by The Monitoring Group, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Imran Khan & Partners and Tottenham Rights and is part of series of events titled The State of the Nation – Racism & justice in the UK coordinated by The Monitoring Group, for further information please contact info@tmg-uk.org

The event sought common ground, between families, community workers, journalists, academics, lawyers and affected communities, to understand and challenge the problem of police corruption, spying and racism.

The allegation of spying on the Stephen Lawrence family and its campaign has been repeated in a number of other high profile Black and Asian family justice campaigns, and in trade union and environmental campaigns. These revelations have spurred the Home Secretary to instigate a judge-led public inquiry into undercover policing and potentially police corruption. For the first time in modern era, we have witnessed the sacking of a Chief Constable for gross misconduct and the investigation of more than ten senior officers for acts of alleged misconduct and corruption.

The conference took as its starting point that there is a profound crisis in policing across the UK that requires us to share information and experiences, develop ideas and create new partnerships that will spur a momentum for genuine state accountability.

We invited a powerful rich mix of speakers offering personal, social, and political and evidence based research accounts of policing in the 21st Century. They include: Janet Alder, Raju Bhatt, Professor Ben Bowling, Rosa Curling, Dr. Rebekah Delsol, Rob Evans, Suresh Grover, Dr. Jules Holroyd, Lee Jasper, Richard Garside, Professor Gus John, Imran Khan, Doreen Lawrence, Neville Lawrence, Lee Lawrence, John Mcdonnell MP, Will McMahon, Paul O’Connor, Sukhdev Reel, Rebecca Roberts, David Rose, Dr. Michael Shiner, Stafford Scott, Dave Smith, Helen Steel, Mark Thomas, Dr. Patrick Williams, and Dr. David Whyte.

Please contact either the Monitoring Group or the Centre for Crime and Justice for more information

Contact details

The Monitoring Group call on 0207 430 2869

Centre for Crime and Justice call in 0207 840 6110

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