Lambert Resigns!

A timely Xmas present for all of us who have been targetted by undercover police for campaigning to change the world for the better, or for justice for our murdered relatives…

Bob Lambert resigns as University lecturer over spying controversy.

Former undercover police infiltrator and spymaster Bob Lambert has stepped down from his posts at both London Metropolitan University and St Andrews University. His resignation comes in the wake of growing calls for him to be sacked over the controversy surrounding his involvement in undercover police operations in the 1980s.

It has been announced that Bob Lambert resigned from his position as a lecturer as London Metropolitan University earlier this month.Today it was also announced that he will also leave his post at St Andrews.

In a statement from St Andrews University it was announced that Dr Lambert’s resignation will take effect from the end of the current term.

Exposed as a high ranking undercover police officer in 2011, Dr Lambert has been accused of using his position to pursue sexual relationships with women who were also his targets.

As a member of the Metropilitan Police’s Special Demonstration Squad, Lambert posed as an animal rights activist from 1983 to 1988. As part of this operation, he fathered a son with an unsuspecting woman before abandoning them both. The woman in question, who has referred to experience as “state rape” subsequently received £400,000 in compensation from the Metropolitan Police.

Lambert also entered into in at least another three relationships with  women in order to lend “credence” to his undercover persona. His involvement in many of the Animal Liberation Front’s activities, including setting fire to a Debenhams, went beyond information gathering, to the point where he was acting as an agent provocateur. He later rose to head the Special Demonstration Squad, where he supervised the infiltration of numerous other undercover police into campaigning, political and environmental groups. Most notoriously officers under his watch were directed to spy on the family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, and spies were also directed to penetrate the Lawrence campaign during the inquiry into his murder and into racism in the police. The role of these spies was to undermine and if possible discredit the family and campaigners, as well as to prepare the Met for the family’s approach to the Inquiry.

Lambert was also in charge of the SDS when trade unionists working in construction industry had detailed information on them passed by undercover police to superiors – information that later came into the hands of private firms running a blacklist on behalf of large construction firms. Many of these workers lost their jobs or were otherwise harassed as a result. Serious questions remain about Lambert and the SDS’s role in the blacklisting scandal –  did Lambert or more senior figures in the Met pass material gathered by police spies to the blacklisters.

A recipient of an MBE for his services to the police, Lambert has also faced allegations that he appeared in court under the name of his undercover identity, Bob Robinson, rather than his real name.

In an interview with Channel 4 in 2013, Lambert admitted that he had been “cruel” in pursuing relationships with women in activist groups that he was targeting.

Lambert’s resignation is a vindication for all campaigners, who have called for Lambert to be sacked from his position, since 2011, when he was exposed as a former SDS operative and superviser. But his resignation comes as a judicial inquiry into undercover policing is about to begin, where we are working hard for a wealth of further information about undercover policing to be revealed to the targets:

– the families of murder victims, people who have died and been killed in custody, and sufferers of racist attacks who were spied on by the cops, instead of achieving any justice;
– the many women sexually exploited by the undercover police, deliberately condoned by the SDS and senior policemen;
– the numberless community campaigns, political groupings, animal rights, environmental groups and anti-war organisations, the list is almost endless…

Both Universities had consistently resisted calls to sack him and stated that his teaching was highly valued by his students. However the large number of dark points in his past raise serious questions about whether he should EVER have been employed in a position of trust.

While his resignation might spell the end of his academic career in London Met and St Andrews, IT DOES NOT SPELL THE END OF OUR INTEREST IN BOB LAMBERT. Many questions remain about his work over 30 years in Special Branch. Some of it may be forced into the light by the Inquiry; but Lambert’s work in the dark underbelly of repressive policing may never be fully revealed. Islington Against Police Spies  will continue to play a part in uncovering this master manipulator’s torrid history.

BUT FOR NOW – let’s drink a toast: Well done to all the campaigners, students and staff at both St Andrews and London Metropolitan universities, local community activists and others who pushed for Lambert to be held to account! This is just the beginning…

Sack Bob Lambert Now!

On Friday 5 June we held a successful end of academic year picket outside London Metropolitan University and green party politician Jenny Jones joined our call for spycop Bob Lambert to be sacked from his position as a lecturer. She stated to the Tribune that she felt that “a man without a moral compass is not an appropriate person to be teaching.”

Read the article here: Baroness in call for Holloway Road Uni lecturer to be sacked

We could not agree more and we are not going anywhere until this former police spy, serial liar and exploiter of women has been removed from London Metropolitan University!

Check this space and our twitter feed (@islingtonvspies) for further actions.

Until then you can read a report on our latest picket on indyrikki‘s blog:
Bob Lambert spycop protest at London Metropolitan University

Please also consider sigining our petition:
https://www.change.org/p/sack-bob-lambert

And support London Met staff who are going on strike to defend education against the threat of 165 jobs loss:
http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/handsofflondonmet/

End of Year Picket of London Met

…instead of laying off 165 staff… SACK BOB LAMBERT!

Join us to demand the removal of Bob Lambert from London Metropolitan University.

End of Year Picket of London Met

Friday June 5th
12.00 – 2.00pm

LMU Tower, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

June 5th is the last day of this academic year – let’s try and make this a bigger noisier picket, to remind London Met that we are not going away, and our campaign is only going to increase until they get rid of Bob Lambert.
Bring placards, banners, sound systems, anything to make noise…

MEANWHILE – STOP THE LAY-OFFS

While standing by Bob Lambert, London Met bosses plan to make 165 other staff redundant. There is widespread opposion to these slashing cuts from staff and students; strike action by UCU members has already taken place this week, and Unison members have voted for further action.
Support of all those threatened with redundancy and London Met workforce in resisting these cuts,
More information at:

http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/

http://www.ucu.org.uk/7495

http://savelondonmetuni.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.ucu.org.uk/saveouruniversity

NO REDUNDANCIES AT LONDON MET – Islington Against Police Spies Demand JUST ONE LITTLE SACKING…

Defend Jobs — Defend Education!

Lobby the London Met Uni Board Of Governors

Tuesday 12th May, 4:30-6pm

London Metropolitan University has announced plans to cut 165 academic and professional support staff. The staff unions and students are fighting these damaging plans.
Join us on Tuesday 12th May as we call on the London Met Board of Governors to halt these proposals and join with staff and students to find an alternative plan to grow the university and create a stable future.

http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/2015/05/lobby-the-london-met-board-of-governors-tues-12th-may-430-6pm/

http://www.ucu.org.uk/stopthelondonmetcuts

http://www.thestudentassembly.org.uk/news/save-london-met-university-stop-the-165-job-cuts-defend-education

http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/handsofflondonmet/

Since as local residents and victims of undercover policing, we began our campaign for the removal of former police spy Bob Lambert from his post as a part-time lecturer at London Metropolitan University, the London Met hierarchy have stood solidly behind Lambert. Statements have been issued defending his work, Tim Parsons from the John Grieve Centre (the department employing Lambert) has appeared on BBC London News extolling his virtues. It seems that despite Bob’s record of exploiting women, abandoning his child, acting as an agent provocateur to get others sent to prison, planting incendiary devices, passing information obtained by spying on trade unionists to private blacklisting firms, and sending spies to get close to grieving families like Stephen Lawrence’s – his job is safe at London Met.

Which contrasts heavily with the University bosses’ policies regarding other staff… London Met has announced plans to cut 165 academic and professional support staff. The staff unions, Unison and the University and College Union, supported by students are fighting the plans.

As London Met Unison comment: “London Metropolitan University’s senior management recently found in their own staff survey that 83 per cent have no faith or confidence in their leadership. Their response appears to be to sack as many staff as they can to change the demographics.”

Slashing 165 posts – some 105 of the workforce – will seriously damage London Met’s ability to function; unions and staff have already been warning that morale is very low, stress levels high, and confidence in the management almost non-existent, due to a history of bullying and intimidation.

As a statement from union reps and local politicians pointed out last week,

“London Met has long played a vital role in providing educational opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged groups in society… Unfortunately, we believe that its proud record of widening participation and student centred teaching and learning is now being put at significant risk by the current redundancy plan and strategy of shrinkage being pursued by the vice-chancellor.
 
We further believe such staff cuts will only act to greatly accelerate the spiral of decline that has already significantly damaged the university’s prospects over the past few years.
 
The loss of London Met would be a loss for the whole of London, and, in particular, the predominately working class communities it expressly serves. We therefore urgently call upon you to turn away from this misguided strategy of shrinkage, rescind the planned 165 job cuts, and join with staff and students in developing a coherent, workable, and foreword looking recovery plan for the necessary re-growth of London Met to enable it to continue serving the needs of its communities.“

London Met’s Management have, however, a long history of ignoring warnings from staff. For example, in 2012, Unison and the University and College Union strongly cautioned against entering into partnership with the London School of Business and Finance – the University leadership pressed ahead, with devastating results. An aggressive audit by the Home Office into London Met’s visa compliance systems, led to scandal, and the devastating loss of its licence to take on overseas students. Far from taking responsibility for their mistakes, the same managers have waged a campaign of fear against employees. Even the the redundancy consultation process is being mishandled and made as stressful as possible. By day 19 of the statutory minimum 45-day consultation period, workers are still waiting for the detailed proposals for the removal of 150 posts to be published.

Unsurprisingly both Unison and UCU reps are among those targeted for possible redundancy. Union reps having already been subject to trumped up disciplinary proceedings in the recent past, university authorities are clearly also hoping to get rid of opposition to their increasingly unpopular regime.

Both UCU and Unison are balloting for strike action to resist the redundancies. Many students are supporting them. As local residents, some of us students or ex-students of London Met/North London Polytechnic and UNL as was, Islington Against Police Spies support London Met staff fully in their fight to prevent the slashing of the workforce. The loss of these jobs would be a disaster for London Met staff, students, and our wider communities in North London.

We did say we only want the removal of just one lecturer – Bob Lambert, whose dark past makes him, we believe, an inappropriate person to be teaching in this institution. However, maybe a management that defends this dubious character to the hilt, while plotting to devastate education at its own university, also needs removing…

In support of all those threatened with redundancy and London Met workforce in resisting these cuts,

Islington Against Police Spies

Sign Our e-petition

Islington Against Police Spies have started an e-petition “Sack Bob Lambert” and need your help to get it off the ground.

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:

https://www.change.org/p/sack-bob-lambert

We know many people out there are deeply cynical about petitions and how much they achieve – in many ways, so are we. But in this case, we think it might help in our limited aim of forcing this lecturer with a very dodgy past out of his job. London Metropolitan University have been forced to defend their decision to keep Lambert employed on TV; increasing press attention and awareness of this case can only pile on the pressure. A petition can help add to this momentum.

We know signing a petition isn’t enough – we are working in many ways to raise awareness of this issue. Get involved in other ways:

Join us in our regular pickets of London Metropolitan University.

And protest to London Met’s hierarchy: see ‘Take Action’.

Thanks!
Islington Against Police Spies

Sack Bob Lambert – Picket London Met

Join us to demand the removal of former Police Spy, Serial Liar & Exploiter of Women Bob Lambert from London Metropolitan University.cropped-bob_inline11.jpg

Picket London Met
Thursday 30th April
12.00 – 2.00pm
LMU Tower, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

Bring placards, banners, sound systems, anything to make noise…

Former police spy, Special Branch manipulator, abuser of women, agent provocateur, Bob Lambert is STILL lecturing at London Metropolitan University on policing and criminology.

Despite increasing anger and disquiet from local residents, London Met students, and a fuury of press attention around this campaign, London Met are standing by Lambert.

Surely London Met is no place for a man who has:

  • Built a police career on lying, spying on political groups and community campaigns;
  • Stolen the name of a dead child to build a false identity;
  • acted as an agent provocateur, actively encouraging people to commit crimes so they could be arrested;
  • has been named in parliament as having planted a firebomb in a store in 1987;
  • started several sexual relationships & fathered a child just to make his cover more convincing, (a child he abandoned with no contact for 24 years); while all the time having a ‘real’ family back home;
  • encouraged other police spies working under his supervision to follow his dubious example – including sleeping with some of their targets;
  • sent undercover police to spy on the families of racist murder victims and people who have died in custody;
  • helped to arrange meetings between police spies and senior officers looking for ways to smear the family of Stephen Lawrence;
  • passed on undercover reports on trade unionists campaigning for better working conditions on building sites, which was used to blacklist workers;

…and much more…

If we have any kind of standards at all that we expect of teachers, lecturers, people in a position on responsibility and influence, Bob Lambert fails to meet up to them.

He has a long history of lying, exploiting women and manipulating others for his own ends. Is this really someone London Met thinks is appropriate to be teaching at a supposedly ‘progressive’ university?

The exposures of the activities of undercover police spying on campaigning groups, grieving families and political activists over recent years has led to many enquiries and investigations; women exploited by these officers are also suing the Metropolitan Police as the institution ultimately responsible. A public inquiry into the whole issue has been announced. We’ll have to see how much of what activists and victims of this undercover repression have revealed, will be admitted; an how much change the state (that ultimately bears responsibility for the undercover police) will really allow.

But together with institutional reform, the individual police spies themselves need to also be held to account. Lambert has pathetically ‘apologised’ for some bits of his past; because he was (belatedly) caught out. He needs to properly face the consequences of his actions.

WHAT YOU CAN DOIAPS_Placard_1

Come down and join the picket. The bigger and noisier our protest, the more notice London Met will have to take of us.

Protest to the following in the London Met hierarchy, and demand that they sack Bob Lambert:

• John Raftery
, Vice-Chancellor; email: j.raftery@londonmet.ac.uk

 Tel: 020 7133 2001
• Peter McCaffery
, Deputy Vice-Chancellor; email: P.McCaffery@londonmet.ac.uk. Tel: 020 7133 2401
• Jonathan Woodhead, Executive Officer; email: j.woodhead@londonmet.ac.uk
. Tel: 020 7133 2042
• Paul Bowler
, Deputy Chief Executive; email: P.Bowler@londonmet.ac.uk Tel: 020 7133 2031
• Peter Garrod
, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board; email: p.garrod@londonmet.ac.uk
. Tel: 020 7133 2004

You can also email Bob Lambert directly and let him know what you think of his activities: r.lambert@londonmet.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7133 4692

Spread the Word –  tell others about this campaign, raise the issue in your networks, communities, union, etc. The more people know about Bob, the more pressure we all put on the university, the more likely it is that he will have to go.