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America ban for 'strike' mayor.

A FORMER mayor says he has been branded a "subversive" and told he cannot travel to the US over his role in a building workers' strike more than 40 years ago.

Ex-Flint mayor Terry Renshaw says he was denied a visa for a trip to Washington after being handed a two-year suspended jail term for his involvement in the bitter 1970s strike.

Mr Renshaw is one of the "Shrewsbury 24" - a group of former workers fighting to clear their names over convictions for organising flying pickets in North Wales and Shropshire during the national building workers' strike in 1972.

The campaigners, fronted by actor Ricky Tomlinson, who was jailed for two years over the dispute, last week met with MPs and traded unionists in Parliament.

The strikers claim they were the victims of a political conspiracy between the then Tory Government, the construction industry and right-wing judges hostile to trade unionism.

Mr Renshaw, a Flint town councillor and college lecturer faced charges of affray and unlawful assembly at the time of the dispute. He said: "I applied for a visa to travel the States and was refused. I'm classed as a subversive."

Mr Tomlinson accused the Government of a cover-up for refusing to release documents on the strike.
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Date:Jan 28, 2013
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