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Politically Charged
Clive Anderson
Clive Anderson examines protest in 'Politically Charged'

What sort of protest is legitimate in pursuit of a cause?

That's one question raised by a new series reflecting on politically controversial legal cases.

Clive Anderson begins a Sunday Supplement series for The Westminster Hour by looking at the trial in 1972 of a future Labour Cabinet Minister. Peter Hain was put in the dock for disrupting all-white sporting tours from apartheid South Africa.

He was saved from prison when a prosecution witness, who later turned out to be a South African agent, switched sides. While his critics condemn the use of 'mob rule', Peter Hain recalls the events which led him to the Old Bailey - and with some pleasure.

In Part Two Clive Anderson talks to the actor Ricky Tomlinson - star of the Royle Family - who was sent to prison more than thirty years ago for his part in a strike by building workers.

The case provoked bitter divisions in the Labour movement and Ricky Tomlinson still feels angry with the then Home Secretary Roy Jenkins. The tale begins with Sir Maurice Drake, the man who prosecuted the actor.

In the final part of Politically Charged, Clive Anderson examines the dramatic ABC official secrets trial of 1978.

Politically Charged
Part One: Peter Hain and South African sports tours

Politically Charged
Part Two: Ricky Tomlinson and striking building workers

Politically Charged
Part Three: The ABC official secrets trial

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