rt.com Independent police watchdog fingers police officers across the country for allegedly providing information on workers for a blacklist of over 3,000 names which was drawn up by one of Britain’s biggest construction companies. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has informed the lawyers representing the victims of the backlist that a Scotland Yard inquiry has found that it was “likely that all special branches were involved in providing information” for the blacklist. The disclosure by the IPCC confirms suspicions first raised last year by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), an independent public body, which aims to uphold the freedom of information deemed to be in the public interest. The blacklist was run by a company called the Consulting Association and was funded by 40 of the biggest names in the construction industry, including Sir Robert McAlpine, Balfour Beatty and Laing O’ Rourke. Proof that it existed was found after a raid by the ICO in 2009 on the office of a construction company in Droitwich, Worcestershire. Since then the victims have been fighting a legal battle to find out who was providing information against them and the admission by the IPCC is considered a major breakthrough. Lawyers and campaigners for the 3,200 construction workers affected say the revelation now provides“absolute evidence” that the state conspired with the industry, the Guardian reports. Last year, the Investigations Officer at the ICO, David Clancy, told one of the tribunals adjudicating claims against construction giant Carillion, “there is information on the Consulting Association files that I believe could only be supplied by the police or the security services. The information was so specific and it contained in effect operational information that wouldn't have formed anything other than a police record."
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