7: In and against the Undercover Policing Inquiry

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This chapter focuses on the non-police and non-state core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and on their fight for the truth, both inside and outside the Inquiry. It uses several examples of resistance to secrecy. First, the chapter details how campaigners challenged the Terms of Reference given to the Inquiry, specifically as they limited its investigation to the activities of undercover police in England and Wales only. Second, it shows how non-police participants threatened to walk away from the Inquiry as they saw their participation increasingly limited and meaningless. Third, it examines the controversy surrounding a public campaign by the high street retailer Lush to increase awareness of the Inquiry and its limitations. Fourth, it explores attempts to make the Inquiry’s evidence hearings more transparent and accessible, at times during the COVID-19 pandemic when the public was largely excluded from the hearings. The chapter concludes by showing the significance of one woman’s legal battle to have her human rights claims recognised in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

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Secrets and Disclosure in the Undercover Policing Inquiry