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North East Derbyshire Council to call for Orgreave public inquiry

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North East Derbyshire Council is to join a growing band of local authorities calling for a public inquiry into Orgreave.

Councillors are calling on the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ‘think again’ about her decision not to hold an inquiry into the policing of picket lines at the Orgreave coking plant during the miners’ strike in 1984.

The controlling labour group has tabled a motion to be discussed at tomorrow afternoon's council meeting.

North East Derbyshire Council is set to join a growing band of authorities, including Wakefield, and Barnsley. condemning the Home Secretary’s decision in October not to hold an inquiry into events at the South Yorkshire coking plant on 18 June 1984.

“Frankly her decision not to hold an inquiry into what happened at Orgreave is appalling,” said Council Leader Cllr Graham Baxter MBE.

"It shows total contempt for the many former miners, their families and communities in our area who have waited patiently for decades for the truth, especially for those who were at Orgreave that day.”