This week I spoke at a meeting in Parliament for workers demonstrating against blacklisting. Over the years, countless workers, many in the construction industry but in numerous other sectors as well, have been denied employment if they have a record of organising for basic rights at work.

Workers spoke to me, from bitter experience, about how their own lives have been destroyed by employers’ blacklists, often with involvement by outside organisations and institutions. Families have been torn apart by the impact, and the climate of fear created often made workplaces less safe.

To me that is not just wrong but criminal, and should be seen under the law as such. As Shadow Policing Minister I will ensure that blacklisting is made a criminal offence and I will fight for a public inquiry into the blacklisting scandal.

There should be no place to hide for those who victimise workers for wanting a safer workplace.