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Home Secretary Amber Rudd to meet with Orgreave campaigners

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd will meet with campaigners from the Orgeave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) after the summer recess, as calls grow for a public inquiry into the incident.

Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham raised an urgent question with the new home secretary in the Commons earlier today as he demanded 'justice' for the campaigners.

However Ms Rudd said she will not be rushed into a decision but will consider it over the summer.

Earlier, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also called for an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave in Prime Minister Theresa May's first PMQs.

Thousands of miners and police officers clashed at the Orgreave coking plant near Rotherham in June 1984.

Interim South Yorkshire police chief would welcome 'independent assessment' of Orgreave

The Interim Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones, says he would welcome an 'an appropriate independent assessment' of Orgreave, in light of the Hillsborough Inquests.

“The Hillsborough Inquests have brought into sharp focus the need to understand and confront the past and give people the opportunity to explore the circumstances of such significant events.

“I would therefore welcome an appropriate independent assessment of Orgreave accepting that the way in which this is delivered is a matter for the Home Secretary.”

– Chief Constable Dave Jones, Interim Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police

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" Battle of Orgreave" campaigners call for public inquiry

Campaigners calling for a full public inquiry into allegations of violent policing at Orgeave during the 1984 Miners Strike will stage demonstration today outside the headquarters of the Independent Police Complainst Commission in London.

Police and miners clash in the Credit: ITV Yorkshire
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