ANTI-BLACKLISTING campaigners yesterday leapt to the defence of shadow chancellor John McDonnell after he named a police officer involved in the scandal.
The Labour leftwinger was attacked in the right-wing Evening Standard after he named Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Mills as having addressed the secretive Consulting Association.
The association compiled a blacklist of 3,213 workers in the construction industry, identifying them as trade union activists or as having a track record of raising health and safety issues.
It passed names on to major construction firms in return for a fee and, as a result, blacklisted workers were turned away from construction sites.
DCI Mills took to the Evening Standard front page to accuse Mr McDonnell of “smearing” him.
But the Blacklist Support Group, involving trade unions and other campaigners, defended the shadow chancellor.
Secretary Dave Smith said: “John McDonnell should be applauded for highlighting the role of the police in the blacklisting human rights conspiracy, not hounded by the mainstream media who have been conspicuously silent in their coverage of the national scandal.
“Blacklisted workers stand shoulder to shoulder with John McDonnell, just as he has stood with us.”