Some say the Miners strike 30 years ago was the closest this country came to civil war. East Midlands pits were the battleground. Coach loads of pickets clashed with police and working miners who had defied the strike call.
For the third of our anniversary special reports, our Political Correspondent Alison Mackenzie spoke to Cabinet Minister and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin. Today he's the Secretary of State for Transport. In 1984 he was a working miner.
Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP, Patrick McLoughlin, will be questioned by a committee today over criticism that a report in September over-estimated the economic benefits of HS2.
Phase one of the project will link London to the West Midlands. Phase two will travel through the East Midlands.
A report by KPMG said the project would boost the economy by £15billion a year.
The formal consultation for the next stage of HS2 begins today.
The government wants to extend the proposed line between London and Birmingham - up to Manchester and Leeds.
At a meeting in Manchester today Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will urge business leaders to ensure the High Speed Rail project creates the maximum amount of jobs.
More than 700 graduate trainees and apprentices are already working on the first London-Birmingham phase of HS2.
He said: "It's very important that we make sure the city is well tied into HS2, but also that we get the right skills."
Transport Secretary Patrick Mcloughlin, has today confirmed that Kenilworth is set to regain an operational train station after being without one for 50 years.
The station is expected to be opened in 2016 after the line has been electrified.
Norman Baker MP says motorists will give more attention to key signs rather than poles which are full of clutter.
Norman Baker MP has told ITV News that it's important we de-clutter our streets.
This comes as Derbyshire MP and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is writing to councils to advise them on how to get rid of traffic and road signs which are confusing.