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Labour MEPs this week renewed their calls for a thorough investigation into a strike at Cammell Laird shipyard where strikers were arrested despite no laws being broken.

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, member of the European Parliament petitions committee, last night called on the UK government to release all relevant papers and information to allow justice for Cammell Laird stikers and others in a similar position such as those at Orgreave.

She told MEPs:

"In 1984, 37 Cammell Laird shipyard workers were jailed for 30 days and lost their right to redundancy and a pension, as of a result of striking against politically motivated job cuts.

"Last year in the European Parliament petitions committee, Eddie Marnell, one of the people on strike at Cammell Laird, explained that in spite of the fact no law was broken, the strikers were never told why they were arrested.

"Investigations into historical miscarriages of justice, like the Battle of Orgreave, have shown that, despite denials from the then government, secret closure plans existed and Conservative ministers at the time sought to influence police tactics and put pressure on them to escalate industrial disputes.

"Access to official documents is key to ensuring justice for those on the receiving end.

"These workers' fundamental rights were violated and the European Commission should press the UK government to release the information needed to ensure Cammell Laird workers and our coalfields get the long awaited justice they deserve."

Theresa Griffin MEP, Labour MEP for the North West, added:

"It has been 30 years since the Cammell Laird strike and we need to get the information about what actually happened in 1984 and since. These strikers took lawful action, but suffered a terrible miscarriage of justice.

"I am convinced European law was contravened and I was delighted when the petitions committee, driven by a Labour MEP, agreed to hear their case last month. The committee condemned the UK’s action and has written to the UK government urging them to formally apologise to the workers.

"Labour MEPs will continue to fight, along with Eddie and the GMB, to make sure we get justice for all the Cammell Laird strikers and their families."

Labour MEPs demand investigation into historic miscarriages of justice

Labour MEPs this week renewed their calls for a thorough investigation into a strike at Cammell Laird shipyard where strikers were arrested despite no laws being broken.

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Labour MEPs slammed UKIP's election policies today, after the Eurosceptic party set out its platform.

The policies include plans to bring back smoking in public places and opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products - which the UK government just last week pledged to introduce - and amending the smoking ban to allow for ventilated smoking rooms.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's Leader in Europe and European Parliament spokesperson on health, said:

"It is estimated smoking causes 100,000 deaths in the UK every year and costs the NHS an estimated £2 billion a year. With these startling figures in mind it is shocking that UKIP have announced plans to bring back smoking in public places.

"The Labour Party, both in the UK and in the EU, have worked tirelessly to bring about legislation to try to prevent thousands of deaths every year. Nearly one in two of all smokers will die from a smoking related illness and smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the UK.

"UKIP claims to support the NHS, however allowing smoking in public places would not only put people's health at risk, but could also cost the NHS even more money and resources. It demonstrates a shocking disregard for the health of the British public.

"Workers in the UK have the right not to be forced to breathe second hand smoke. UKIP have shown a complete lack of respect for the rights of the UK workforce as well as their wellbeing.

"The real victims of second hand smoke are children. A study found children's exposure levels declined by nearly 70 per cent by 2007, the year the smoking ban came into place, with the biggest drop coinciding with the national mass media campaign.

"This demonstrates the importance of clear health information as well as practical protective measures to protect children from harmful exposure."

Glenis Willmott MEP added:

"These tobacco policies and the rest of this 'mini manifesto' highlights once again just how bizarre, dangerous and delusional UKIP are. Policies like abolishing the Department for Energy and Climate Change, repealing the Climate Change Act 2008, and ending green levies.

"Nigel Farage likes to come across as a man of the people, when in reality he's doing the bidding of the tobacco companies, regardless of the impact on people's health."

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Labour MEPs, ahead of today's key debate in the European Parliament on terrorism, have reiterated their support for strong anti-terrorism and anti-radicalisation measures following the Paris terror attacks, including support for PNR (Passenger Name Records) proposals from the EU.

At present, 14 out of 28 EU Member States are in the process of setting up PNR systems covering flights in and out of their countries - an EU system possibly being proposed.
 
Claude Moraes MEP, chair of the European Parliament LIBE committee, and Labour's European spokesperson on civil liberties, justice and home affairs, said.
 
"Labour MEPs have never been opposed in principle to EU PNR. Today, Labour MEPs believe an EU PNR which is comprehensive and strikes the right balance between security and privacy is one which should be negotiated as quickly and effectively as possible, as one tool in the fight against terrorism.
 
"The European Commission have still to set out in detail their proposals, but Labour MEPs fully support enhanced cooperation between Member States and stronger anti-radicalisation measures."
 
"Tonight, I will be representing the European Parliament and discussing the proposals from the Commission and Member States at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Riga.
 
"These proposals will be wider than issues to do with data collection alone. They will include cooperation between intelligence services, the work of EU agencies such as Europol, and strong anti-radicalisation measures."

"The European Commission have still to set out in detail their proposals, but Labour MEPs fully support enhanced cooperation between Member States and stronger anti-radicalisation measures."

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