Watch the videos from our conference : Subversion, Sabotage and Spying: Political Policing and Racism in the UK

On the weekend of 16th and 17th April 2016, a seminal conference took place in London, and, as the title suggests, it had two central themes to discuss and confront:

  • the nature of State racism – the bedrock for institutional, popular and sometimes violent racism – and policing policies that target or create notions of suspect communities and their damaging impact of British Society
  • the evolution and practice of political policing in UK:. Building on a hugely successful conference in 2015, participants at the conference explored the history and disastrous impact of the policing of social and justice movements, in light of the upcoming Undercover Policing Inquiry, and demanded the Inquiry adopts an open and rigorous approach.

“A challenging and thought provoking conference with a series of great speakers including the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Doreen Lawrence, Imran Khan and many more. The conference effectively demonstrated the huge gap between the reality of the racist surveillance and spying campaigns of recent years by the Police and secret state and how the British establishment likes to think of itself as a set of transparent and democratic institutions. I left feeling both shocked and appalled by the sheer dishonesty and racism of the British State but also exhilarated that so many   activists are starting to organise and form alliances to make their voices heard”. Andy Gregg, Director of Race On The Agenda (ROTA)

 ”I had the privilege of speaking at a very important meting at the weekend, it raised very serious issues for us all” Alastair Morgan, brother of Daniel Morgan, a journalist murdered whist investigating police corruption

“A brilliant conference” Jane Deighton, solicitor

“The conference was a huge and impressive success” Imran Khan, Human Rights solicitor 

The videos follow the agenda for the two days.   

Day 1: Saturday 16 April 2016: Policing of Black, Asian & suspect communities – spying, lying, dying and racism

Session 1:  Political Policing: Setting the context

Tony Bunyan (StateWatch)

Professor Mark McGovern

Colin Prescod (Institute of Race Relations)  

Session 2 :  Policing of Suspect Communities

John McDonnell MP (Shadaw Chancellor)

Gareth Peirce (Birnberg Peirce)

Becky Clarke (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Mubeen Hussain (Muslim Youth Forum)

Session 3:  From suspect communities to targeting of campaigns against injustice

Suresh Grover (The Monitoring Group)

Vakass Hussain (Support the Rotherham 12)

Abrar Javid (Support the Rotherham 12)

Session 4:  Why the Undercover Police Inquiry is important?

Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon

Imran Khan (Imran Khan & Partners)

Kate Wilson (Police Spies Out of Lives) 

Stafford Scott (Tottenham Rights/The Monitoring Group)  

Day 2: Sunday 17 April 2016: Spycops and the UPI – is accountability possible or a pipedream?

Session 5: History of the Special Demonstration Squad and Spycops, Herne and Ellison

Rob Evans (Journalist, The Guardian)           

Session 6: The Spied Upon Speak out


Baroness Jenny Jones (The Green Party)

Sukhdev Reel (Mother of Ricky Reel)

Dave Smith, (Blacklisted)

Helen Steel (Police Spies Out of Lives)

Janet Alder, (sister of Christopher Alder)

Alastair Morgan, (brother of Daniel Morgan)           

Session 7: Challenges facing the Undercover Policing Inquiry

Michael Mansfield QC

Courtenay Griffiths QC

A statement from Peter Francis (Ex-SDS officer turned Whistleblower)

Session 8: An official update from the Undercover Policing Inquiry

Piers Doggart and Stephen Brown, members of the UPI legal team          

Question and Answer session