Dear Home Office,

This is a request tfor the following files on the Black Power Movement that are registered in the National Archive as records HO 376/154 & 155:

- "Black Power" in the United Kingdom incl Appendix A: “’Black Power’ Organisations in the United Kingdom,” Appendix B and further appendixes.
- "Black Power": intelligence reports

These records are not held by the National Archives (email 12 Nov 2018), nor do they seem to appear on the Home Office FoI releases page.

However, they have been released to at least three different people in the past few years:

To Anne-Marie Angelo, and quoted in her PhD dissertation “‘Any Name That Has Power’: The Black Panthers of Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States, 1948-1977,” Duke University, 2013 twice: on page 166 in note 45:

Special Branch, “’Black Power’ in the United Kingdom,” August 11, 1970, 3, in “Black Power intelligence reports, 1968-77,” Home Office (hereafter HO) 376/155, TNA: PRO. (File released to author through Freedom of Information Act UK).

and on p.219, note 3:

The only party who identified the leader of the Panthers’ second phase as someone other than Althea Jones was the Special Branch, as a recently declassified intelligence file reveals. The Special Branch claimed that Eddie Lecointe led the Brixton Chapter, which it characterized as, “the most active group in this organization.” Special Branch Report, “’Black Power’ in the United Kingdom,” August 11, 1970, Appendix A: “’Black Power’ Organisations in the United Kingdom,” 2, in HO 376/154-155, “Black Power Intelligence Reports,” TNA: PRO. (File released to author through Freedom of Information Act UK).

* Released to and quoted Winston Trew , the author of Black for a Cause, and quoted in his blog post The British State, Special Branch and Black Power.
http://www.blackforacause.co.uk/page_239...

* also quoted in this blog post on OCTOBER 25, 2017: Independent radical black politics: looking at the BUFP & BLF
https://woodsmokeblog.wordpress.com/2017...

Can you please release the complete files including the annexes to me, and also deposit them at the National Archives for the public to review.

Yours faithfully,

eveline lubbers

FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear Eveline Lubbers,

 

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

 

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 52028). We will aim to
send you a full response by 19/02/2019 which is twenty working days from
the date we received your request.

 

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you,

 

N McKenzie

Home Office

 

 

 

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FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Ms Lubbers

 

Please find attached a response to your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Rights Team

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance, Assurance and Governance Directorate

Home Office | 2 Marsham Street | London SW1P 4DF

 

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Dear Home Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request '"Black Power" reports - already released', reference 52028.

I was very disappointed to hear that the Home Office have decided against releasing the files that I had asked for, but for two tiny newspaper cuttings that are readily available from newspaper archives.

The reason I am asking for an internal review is that the HO has failed to address the fact that the files in question have already been released to other people in the recent past. In fact, the subject of my request is 'Black Power reports - already released'. Nontheless, this is totally ignored in the decision I received.

In my FoI request, I had given references including the details of the publications quoting the files.
One of these authors, Anne-Marie Angelo, lecturer In American History at the University of Sussex, has kindly shared the details of her request with me since. For your convenience her reference number was CR19408, and she received the materials on 11 August 2011.

Additionally, I have learned that Robin Bunce, Research Associate at Cambridge University also received copies of the files.

Information released under the FOI Act is released to the world. A disclosure to one is a disclosure to all.

These files relate to an important part in our history from around 50 years back. In your internal review, could you please explain why only a couple of years ago the Home Office saw no problem in releasing them - and now refuses to do so.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

eveline lubbers

FOI Requests, Home Office

Ms Lubbers,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This Internal Review has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 52028). We will aim to send you a full response by 10/04/2019 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

P. Zebedee
FOI Requests
Home Office

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FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Ms Lubbers

 

Please find attached the Home Office response to your request for an
internal review of FOI case 52028

 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

M Riddle

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance, Assurance and Governance Directorate

Lower Ground Floor, Seacole

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

T: +44 (0)20 7035 4848

 

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FOI Responses, Home Office

1 Attachment

 

 

Dear Ms Lubbers

 

Please find attached the Home Office response to your request for an
internal review of FOI case 52028

 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

M Riddle

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance, Assurance and Governance Directorate

Lower Ground Floor, Seacole

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

T: +44 (0)20 7035 4848

 

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Dear Home Office,
You might like to know that I wrote an article on your refusal to release files to me that were already released to others in 2010 and 2012. One of them was kind enough to share what he had received.
That's how found out that the files refused to me were readily available in another file held in the National Archives.

My article is the last in a 5 part series on Black Power and Special Branch, by written with Rosie Wild on how the various groups were spied on by Special Branch.

The serie starts here http://specialbranchfiles.uk/2174-2/
the article on the FoI refusal is here http://specialbranchfiles.uk/2212-2/

Yours faithfully,

eveline lubbers