Ricky Tomlinson fights to clear name

Ricky Tomlinson campaigns to overturn a 39-year-old conviction for picketing offences Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Actor Ricky Tomlinson will address a fringe meeting of the Labour Party conference tomorrow, as he campaigns to clear his name after a 39-year-old conviction for picketing offences in Shrewsbury.

The star of The Royale Family comedy series was one of 24 building workers put on trial in Shrewsbury in 1973 after being charged under the 1875 Conspiracy Act.

Tomlinson along with six other picketers were imprisoned, he served 16 months of a two year sentence for conspiracy to intimidate.

Supporters of the "Shrewsbury 24" say they were victims of a "government plot to intimidate trade union members".

Actor Ricky Tomlinson joins a protest by trade union members outside the Houses of Parliament earlier this year Credit: Dominic Lipinski

The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign has launched an e-petition on the Number 10 website asking for "full disclosure of all Government documents relating to the 1972 building workers strike and the conspiracy trials at Shrewsbury.

Tomlinson, 73, who found fame in the 1980s when he starred in long-running Channel 4 drama Brookside, said today he wants to clear his name before he dies.

The e-petition, which has been signed by around 1,150 people so far, requires 100,000 signatures to generate a Commons debate.

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