An undercover cop turned whistleblower has admitted to MPs for the first time that he spied on six unions.
The revelation by Peter Francis, a former officer with the Metropolitan Police’scontroversial Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), has piled pressure on the government to widen the remit of a judge-led public inquiry.
Campaigners and union leaders claim the move is the only way to discover the extent of police involvement and collusion in the blacklisting of thousands of construction workers.
Home Secretary Theresa May this week ordered an investigation into undercover police work and the SDS over the last 40 years by Appeal Court judge, Lord Justice Pitchford,
Speaking at a House of Commons reception, Mr Francis admitted that he spied on the National Union of Students, Unison, the National Union of Teachers, the building workers’ union UCATT, the firefighter’s union FBU and the Communication Workers’ Union.
He said it was an opportunity to “unreservedly apologise” to all the union membershe spied on and he said the Home Secretary’s investigation must look into blacklisting and police collusion.
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