Bob Lambert , former police spy, has resigned from his posts as lecturer on counter-terrorism at the University of St Andrews and London Metropolitan University.
A timely Xmas present for all of us who have been targetted by
undercover police for campaigning to change the world for the better, or
for justice for our murdered relatives... Bob Lambert resigns as University lecturer over spying controversy.
Former undercover police infiltrator and spymaster Bob Lambert has
stepped down from his posts at both London Metropolitan University and
St Andrews University. His resignation comes in the wake of growing
calls for him to be sacked over the controversy surrounding his
involvement in undercover police operations in the 1980s.
It has been announced that Bob Lambert resigned from his position as a
lecturer as London Metropolitan University earlier this month. Today it
was also announced that he will also leave his post at St Andrews.
In a statement from St Andrews University it was announced that Dr
Lambert’s resignation will take effect from the end of the current term.
Exposed as a high ranking undercover police officer in 2011, Dr Lambert
has been accused of using his position to pursue sexual relationships
with women who were also his targets.
As a member of the Metropolitan Police's Special Demonstration Squad,
Lambert posed as an animal rights activist from 1983 to 1988. As part of
this operation, he fathered a son with an unsuspecting woman before
abandoning them both. The woman in question, who has referred to the
experience as “state rape” subsequently received £400,000 in
compensation from the Metropolitan Police.
Lambert also entered into in at least another three relationships with
women in order to lend “credence” to his undercover persona. His
involvement in many of the Animal Liberation Front’s activities,
including setting fire to a Debenhams, went beyond information
gathering, to the point where he was acting as an agent provocateur. He
later rose to head the Special Demonstration Squad, where he supervised
the infiltration of numerous other undercover police into campaigning,
political and environmental groups. Most notoriously, officers under his
watch were directed to spy on the family of murdered black teenager
Stephen Lawrence and spies were also directed to penetrate the Lawrence
campaign during the inquiry into his murder and into racism in the
police. The role of these spies was to undermine and if possible
discredit the family and campaigners as well as to prepare the Met for
the family's approach to the Inquiry.
Lambert was also in charge of the SDS when trade unionists working in the
construction industry had detailed information on them passed by
undercover police to superiors - information that later came into the
hands of private firms running a blacklist on behalf of large
construction firms. Many of these workers lost their jobs or were
otherwise harassed as a result. Serious questions remain about Lambert
and the SDS's role in the blacklisting scandal - did Lambert or more
senior figures in the Met pass material gathered by police spies to the
A recipient of an MBE for his services to the police, Lambert has also
faced allegations that he appeared in court under the name of his
undercover identity, Bob Robinson, rather than his real name.
In an interview with Channel 4 in 2013, Lambert admitted that he had
been “cruel” in pursuing relationships with women in activist groups
that he was targeting.
Lambert's resignation is a vindication for all campaigners - who have
called for Lambert to be sacked from his position, since 2011, when he
was exposed as a former SDS operative and superviser. But his
resignation comes as a judicial inquiry into undercover policing is
about to begin, where we are working hard for a wealth of further
information about undercover policing to be revealed to the targets:
- the families of murder victims, people who have died and been killed
in custody, and sufferers of racist attacks who were spied on by the
cops, instead of achieving any justice;
- the many women sexually exploited by the undercover police,
deliberately condoned by the SDS and senior policemen;
- the numberless community campaigns, political groupings, animal
rights, environmental groups and anti-war organisations, the list is
Both Universities had consistently resisted calls to sack him and stated
that his teaching was highly valued by his students. However the large
number of dark points in his past raise serious questions about whether
he should EVER have been employed in a position of trust.
While his resignation might spell the end of his academic career in
London Met and St Andrews, IT DOES NOT SPELL THE END OF OUR INTEREST IN BOB LAMBERT. Many questions remain about his work over 30 years in Special Branch. Some of it may be forced into the light by the Inquiry;
but Lambert's work in the dark underbelly of repressive policing may
never be fully revealed. Islington Against Police Spies will continue
to play a part in uncovering this master manipulator's torrid history.
BUT FOR NOW - let's drink a toast: Well done to all the campaigners,
students and staff at both St Andrews and London Metropolitan
universities, local community activists and others who pushed for
Lambert to be held to account! This is just the beginning...