Category Archives: Joy Gardner Campaign correspondence

BG/P/6/1/15

Note that this file contains language that is by its nature offensive to black and other minority ethnic groups. Includes public letters of protest, including ‘racist’ hate mail, directed against Bernie Grant and the campaign for justice for Joy Gardner following the final court verdict and acquittal of the police officers associated with the death of Joy Gardner.

BG/P/6/1/9

File consists of key correspondence with the Home Office calling for an independent public inquiry into the death of Joy Gardner (eg letter from Bernie Grant to Michael Howard, [Secretary of State for Home Affairs] and letter from Pauline Green [Leader of Labour MEP’s and Member of the European Parliament for Joy Gardner] to Michael Howard urging a full and independent public inquiry into the death of Joy Gardner. Also includes written exchange between Bernie Grant and Sir Condon [Commissioner of Metropolitan Police] posing key questions concerning the handling of investigations [written in the knowledge of Joy Gardner’s life support machine being due to be switched off in the coming hours]. Includes background note from Police Complaints Authority relating to the investigation into the death of Joy Gardner; press releases and clippings condemning ‘sensationalist tabloid stories’ levelled against Joy Gardner; and letter from Barbara Roche [Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green] to Michael Howard regarding another constituent’s deportation case and the drawing of parallels with the Joy Gardner case.

BG/P/6/1/11

Includes correspondents such as Anti-Racist Alliance, Police Complaints Authority, Group to Encourage Ethnic Minority Applications (GEEMA), Collectively Blak, Union Church Crouch End, West Indian Standing Conference, Leeds North East Constituency Labour Party.

BG/P/6/1/12

File contains responses from Members of Parliament in relation to Bernie Grant’s letter, dated 28th October 1993. Includes correspondents such as Teddy Taylor, Geoffrey Robinson, Gwyneth Dunwoody, Sir David Knox, and Graham Allen.

BG/P/6/1/13

File contains documentation such as correspondence from Charles Wardle [Parliamentary Under Secretary of State] to Members of Parliament re the handling of representations in immigration cases; Home Office instructions on Deportation; case evidence and notes re witness statements; press briefing information re Joy Gardner picket demonstration outside of first court trial of police officers involved in Joy Gardner’s death.

BG/P/6/1/14

File consists of letters of support for Bernie Grant and the campaign for justice for Joy Gardner following the final court verdict and acquittal of the police officers associated with the death of Joy Gardner. Many letters are compiled by members of the public and organisations wishing to convey sympathy to Joy Gardner’s family and renewing calls for justice eg letter from Black Community Forum. Annotated on original file cover was ‘On Bernie’s computer wordperfect WPDOCS/Gardgood.Lis up to 27 Jun 1995’.

BG/P/6/1/8

File contains campaign correspondence, reports and supporting material such as: campaign flyers; meeting notes with Graham Allan [Shadow Home Office Spokesman], dated 17 Mar 1994; police self defence and restraint manual; copy of Amnesty International report ‘United Kingdom – Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment during forcible deportation’; copy of Runnymede Trust ‘Press Monitor of the Case of the Death of Joy Gardner’; letters re appeals for funds and review of deportation practices.

BG/P/6/1/3

Also includes campaign flyers issued by the Anti-Racist Alliance and the Standing Conference on Racial Equality in Europe (SCORE). Letters of support sent to Bernie Grant were authored by members of the public as well as organisations [eg Unison Public Service Ealing branch (NALGO)] and councillors such as Bill O’Connor [Labour Councillor for the London Borough of Hackney].

BG/P/6/1/4

Note that this file contains language that is by its nature offensive to black and other minority ethnic groups. Includes public letters of protest (mainly ‘racist’ / hate mail) directed against Bernie Grant and the campaign for justice for Joy Gardner.