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Scargill flat fight case result due

Arthur Scargill Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former miners' leader Arthur Scargill today learns the result of his High Court fight to have the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) continue to meet the costs of his London flat for his lifetime.

The NUM wants Mr Justice Underhill to declare that it has no such continuing obligation to Mr Scargill, its president until July 2002. There are also disputes about his fuel allowance for his home in Barnsley, the cost of his security system there and the preparation of his annual tax return.

Mr Scargill has occupied the Barbican apartment, rented from the Corporation of London, since June 1982 - and the rent and associated expenses were paid by the union until 2011, except for a period between 1985 and 1991 when he met them.

Mr Scargill has drawn the court's attention to the NUM's practice of providing accommodation in retirement for former full-time national officials.