Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party




spotElection campaigns



spotSocialist women


spotYouth and Students

All keywords

Anti-fascist keywords:

Anti-fascist (33)

BNP (226)

EDL (107)

English Defence League (65)

Far right (112)

Far-right (133)

Fascism (63)

Fascist (72)

Fascists (57)

Nazis (23)

Right-wing (62)

Welsh Defence League (3)

Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1268)

Anti-fascist (566)

Anti-racism (708)

Anti-war (1513)

Asylum (220)

Black and Asian (398)

Children (393)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (202)

Education (4018)

Election campaigns (2494)

Environment (617)

EU (461)

Finance (107)

Food (274)

Health and safety (36)

Health and welfare (320)

Housing (1072)

Human Rights (388)

LGBT Pride (143)

Local government (2220)

Local services (3704)

Low pay (521)

Migration (58)

Nationalisation (151)

New workers party (470)

NHS (1886)

Pensions (714)

Post Office (223)

Poverty (586)

Privatisation (1038)

Public Services (1160)

Socialism (893)

Socialist (46)

Sport (200)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (95)

Students (1870)

The state (1389)

Transport (559)

TUSC (1006)

Welfare rights (724)

Women (800)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8388)

Youth (1996)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity

24 June 2013

Search site for keywords: Police - YRE - Racism - BNP - Stephen Lawrence

Scandal of police attempt to denigrate Lawrence family

Leaders of Youth Against Racism in Europe (YRE) call for genuinely independent enquiry

Socialist Party press release 24.6.13

The news that an undercover police officer was tasked with trying to find out any information that could discredit Stephen Lawrence's family is terrible and shocking, but unfortunately not surprising.

Last year's revelations of police attempts to discredit the victims of the Hillsborough disaster show that this was not an isolated incident.

The officer concerned, Peter Francis, infiltrated Youth Against Racism in Europe (YRE) over several years and was known to us as Pete Daley.

Lois Austin speaking at a National Shop Stewards Network protest outside the bank of England during the credit crunch, photo Pete Mason

Lois Austin speaking at a National Shop Stewards Network protest outside the bank of England during the credit crunch, photo Pete Mason

Lois Austin, Socialist Party member and national chair of YRE at the time, stated:

"It took 18 years for the police to convict any of Stephen Lawrence's murderers. Meanwhile, time and money was being spent searching for 'dirt' on a bereaved family, and secretly infiltrating Youth Against Racism in Europe, a peaceful organisation of young people, which was organising mass protests against racism and the BNP.

"There was no purpose to infiltrating YRE, far from being secretive we publicly advertised our events - the police could have read our leaflets and newspapers, or attended our public meetings, to find out what was going on."

Click here for the interview with Lois Austin on BBC News 24 on 24/6/13 covering the Peter Francis / Stephen Lawrence revelations (4 mins)

Click here for a brief excerpt from BBC Newsnight 24/06/13 featuring Lois Austin, Peter Bleksley and Imran Khan on the Peter Francis / Stephen Lawrence revelations.

Ludicrously, Peter Francis has previously claimed that the "key success" of his work was discovering that the 1993 demonstration YRE co-organised to protest against the BNP's headquarters was going to be "far larger than thought" (Observer, 14 March 2010).

YRE had repeatedly told the police that the demonstration, following four racist murders within two miles of the BNP HQ, would be huge.

Fifty thousand people attended. We wanted to march peacefully past the BNP bunker. The police response was to refuse to allow us to march at all, and to carry out an incredibly brutal attack on peaceful young people using their democratic right to protest.

Socialism 2012: Sunday Rally: Hannah Sell, Socialist Party , photo Senan

Socialism 2012: Sunday Rally: Hannah Sell, Socialist Party , photo Senan

Hannah Sell, deputy general secretary of the Socialist Party and national secretary of YRE at the time, said:

"Cameron has called for an immediate investigation into what took place, but all previous experience shows that an investigation by the police or individuals appointed by the government will result in another cover up.

"Francis himself says he wanted to report what he had done to the McPherson enquiry, but was prevented from doing so by senior officers.

"We demand a real democratic independent enquiry, made up of representatives from the trade union movement and the anti-racist and environmental protest groups that have suffered infiltration.

"Such an enquiry must not be limited to the role of the police, but also look at where the orders came from and the role of the government.

"Nor do we accept that this, as the Metropolitan Police have implied, is a thing of the past. Surveillance of peaceful protesters has increased dramatically in the recent period and police brutality, as shown by the tragic death of Ian Tomlinson, also continues.

"Today a new generation is becoming involved in campaigning against racism, and also against the government's austerity policies.

"New 'Pete Daleys' will be sent to infiltrate anti-racist campaigns and left-wing organisations to try and cut across protest.

"They will not succeed. But questions about whose interests the police act in, alongside demands for them to be made democratically accountable, will be an important aspect of future campaigns."

Note on media publicity, added on 25.6.13:

Yesterday Lois Austin was on the Today programme, Radio 5 Live, BBC one o'clock news, Sky news, BBC London evening news, BBC London drivetime radio, BBC News 24 and Newsnight.

The print media didn't give anywhere near as much coverage, but the Guardian used the above press release in its live blog.

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551



Alphabetical listing

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018