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Orgreave: calls for independent review of unreleased files

The 'Battle of Orgreave' took place in 1984 Credit: Press Association

There are fresh calls for the Government to set up an independent review of unreleased files relating to the Battle of Orgreave.

The clash between miners and police took place in 1984. Scores of miners were charged, and many were injured, although all charges were later dropped.

Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has written to the Home Secretary, asking her to establish an independent review of the 'extensive' archive of files on Orgreave held by South Yorkshire Police.

The police force has identified nearly 800 files which it holds on the Orgreave incident, a far greater amount of material, by a significant margin, than has been identified as being held by any other public body.

Police officers pushing against striking miners at Orgreave in June 1984 Credit: Press Association

The letter follows on from the Committee's success in the previous Parliament in pressing for information about the policing of Orgreave to be put into the public domain, resulting in the Home Office and Cabinet Office placing files in the National Archive as part of that process.

"Coalfield communities need to know the truth about what happened at Orgreave. We have been pushing and pushing to uncover the documents and information that police forces hold on what happened. Now we have discovered there are hundreds of files on Orgreave that have never been released. Several forces have told us they have information and we are asking them further questions now.

I particularly welcome the work that South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Billings, has done to identify Orgreave files and to support the calls from the Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign for openness and transparency. These files need urgently to be examined so that as much of this information as possible can now be published. But it has to be an independent review to have credibility - which is why we have asked the Home Secretary to set it up, so that as many files as possible can then be released."

– Yvette Cooper MP, Home Affairs Select Committee chair