Roy Bentham, blacklisted carpenter joiner from Liverpool has been unanimously elected as joint secretary of the Blacklist Support Group at the campaign's recent AGM at University of Greenwich. He will share the BSG secretary position with Dave Smith, who will remain in the role.
Roy Bentham was blacklisted after taking the role of shop steward on the Connah's Quay power station project in the 1990s and is currently the UNITE branch secretary for the Liverpool construction branch. He is also an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club and as a Hillsborough survivor worked alongside the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and was a founding member of the LFC fans union, the Spirit of Shankly
Roy has been a leading BSG national committee member for a number of years, speaking at union conferences across the country and organising protests against ongoing blacklisting at Anfield stadium, the Alder Hey hospital and the Royal Liverpool hospital. He has participated in negotiations with lawyers representing the 8 major contractors during initial talks over the compensation scheme, as well as with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Football Club and other major clients about contemporary blacklisting.
Roy has been a vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, celebrating Corbyn's re-election as leader of the Labour Party by watching LFC with John McDonnell and unfurling a pro-Corbyn banner on the Kop before the match.
Roy Bentham commented:
"I'm immensely proud to be representing the Blacklist Support Group now I've been elected. I'd like to pay tribute to all the Committee and activists for their continued and unstinting work as we now focus on stamping out contemporary blacklisting and like Orgreave and the Shrewsbury pickets, redoubling our efforts for a full public inquiry into The Consulting Association scandal under an incoming Labour government".
Photo above of Roy Bentham alongside John McDonnell outside the High Court and at Hazards conference.