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VIDEO: Royle Family star takes conviction petition to No.10

Ricky Tomlinson has handed in a 100,000 signature petition to Downing Street, calling for the quashing of his 40-year-old conviction over a builders' strike.

Tomlinson was among a number of former pickets, convicted over their actions during the dispute in the early 1970s.

They want their names cleared, after being found guilty in what they believe was a politically-motivated and unjustified prosecution.

Andy Bonner reports.

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Tomlinson tells petition news conference: "We weren't villians"

The actor Ricky Tomlinson is addressing a news conference, ahead of taking a petition to Downing Street.

The petition calls on the government to release secret papers relating to Tomlinson's conviction for conspiracy, after a builders' strike in the early 1970s.


Call for review of Shrewsbury 24 trial

Actor Ricky Tomlinson was among six workers who were jailed in 1972 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The general secretary of the Unite union has written to the Prime Minister on the fortieth anniversary of the 'Shrewsbury 24' trial, calling for a review.

Six workers, including the actor Ricky Tomlinson, were jailed in 1972 for their trade union activities.

They had been picketing construction sites in Shrewsbury in support of a nationally called builders strike.

Len McCluskey said: _“It was forty years ago today (3 October) that 24 construction workers were put on trial in Shrewsbury for their trade union activities.

“The workers have been protesting their innocence ever since and are progressing an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission."

Actor Ricky Tomlinson urges release of 'Shrewsbury 24' documents

Campaigners hoping to overturn convictions for conspiring to picket building sites during a national strike in 1972 have rallied support at Westminster.

Actor Ricky Tomlinson was one of those jailed at Shrewsbury Crown Court for his part in the action.

The campaingers are angry that the Government is refusing to release documents linked to the affair until 2021 on the grounds of national security.