The NCCL in action
Networks, methods and strategies
in The National Council for Civil Liberties and the policing of interwar politics
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At first, one of the National Council for Civil Liberties's (NCCL) favoured tactics was to investigate major concerns about legislated executive powers or operational police behaviour via an unofficial commission of inquiry. Effective press propaganda was recognised by the NCCL from the outset as one of the means by which its success would be achieved. Press reports were also important for the NCCL as a vital source of information about incidents involving questionable police actions. The provision of free legal advice and representation was an important aspect of the NCCL's affairs. Representation in Parliament was the key to the NCCL's aims, and it built up its network of MP contacts into what amounted to a civil liberties lobby in parliament. The NCCL and Ronald Kidd especially were very active among these MPs, bringing incidents to their attention and providing supporting evidence and witness statements.


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