News

New publications on undercover policing

Over the past year, we have hosted a Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, sponsored by the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust.

The Centre is today publishing two papers on undercover policing Connor has written as part of this Fellowship, under the title Spycops in context.

From 1968-2008 a dedicated police...

3 December 2018
Publication

Spycops in context

The two papers seek to historicise and analyse state infiltration, revealing it as one tactic in a much larger repertoire of political policing. Spycops in context: a brief history of political policing in Britain One of the papers, Spycops in context: a brief history of political policing in...
By 
Connor Woodman
3 December 2018
News

Police spying and political movements

Our Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, has written two articles published in Verso and Jacobin.

For Verso, Connor responds to Alex S Vitale's The End of Policing and asks, 'When, if ever, is it justified for the state to surveil, infiltrate...

2 May 2018
News

Imran Khan on racism in the Metropolitan Police

Imran Khan, the Lawrence family solicitor, has written an article in response to the BBC's three-part documentary on Stephen Lawrence's murder, 'Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation'.

In The Guardian article, Khan questions whether anything has changed within the Metropolitan Police since Stephen Lawrence's murder in 1993 and emphasises how much work is to be done to shape a racially just society and police force. 

In 2015, along with Monitoring Group, Imran...

19 April 2018
News

Latest on the Undercover Policing Inquiry

Following revelations that undercover police officers infiltrated hundreds of political and justice campaigns in the UK, the government launched an Undercover Policing Inquiry in 2015.

Three years later, to cries of ‘no justice, no peace’, dozens of spying victims marched out of the latest Inquiry hearing, denouncing the process and calling for the resignation of presiding judge John Mitting.

Our Research Fellow Connor Woodman explains...

26 March 2018
Comment

Right to protest threatened by wall of silence

Since the exposure of Mark Kennedy as an undercover officer in the climate change movement in 2011, the spotlight should have been on undercover policing and getting to the bottom of its...

By 
Helen Mills
9 November 2017
Comment

Is it possible to hold secret policing to account?

For decades, one of the most powerful organisations in our society, the London Metropolitan Police, carried out secret policing operations against a wide range of political and trade union...

By 
Will McMahon
27 October 2017
News

'Wall of silence’ threatens Undercover Policing Inquiry

The police are building a near 'impenetrable wall of silence' around some of their most secret and harmful practices, according to a new report out today (Tuesday 24 October). The report shows that over six years on from revelations about police infiltration of political activist groups, and...

24 October 2017