Tomlinson petitions No.10

Ricky Tomlinson will hand in a petition to Downing Street later calling for the release of government documents over a builders' strike which led to him being jailed. He claims the charges were politically motivated

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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.

PICTURE: Ricky Tomlinson delivers petition to Downing Street

The actor, alongside fellow former pickets and union officials, at No.10 Credit: ITV

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.

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Actor delivering 100,000 signature petition to Downing Street

Ricky Tomlinson Credit: PA

Ricky Tomlinson is delivering a 100,000-signature petition to Downing Street, demanding officials quash a 40-year-old conviction over a builders' strike.

The actor, and a number of union officials, say they are confident the "miscarriage of justice" will be overturned for the former pickets who make up the 'Shrewsbury 24'.

Tomlinson was one of a group of pickets arrested five months after the 1972 strike, and charged under the 1875 Conspiracy Act, with six sent to prison - including the Royle Family star.

He told a press conference in Westminster that he remained convinced the Shrewsbury case was politically motivated.

The campaign group wants all documents relating to the case to be released, claiming they would prove that a "massive miscarriage of justice" was handed out.

Len McCluskey, leader of Unite, said it was obvious there was an "establishment conspiracy" at the time of the arrests, which was continuing.

The petition will be delivered at 2pm.

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.

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