Scargill's reaction to Thatcher

Arthur Scargill has managed to avoid media attention since Margaret Thatcher's death. But now, for the first time, ITV News can reveal his response

Thatcher foe Arthur Scargill reacts to news of her death

Arthur Scargill, one of Margaret Thatcher's greatest domestic foes, has publicly remained silent since her death - but a text message seen by ITV News has revealed his reaction to the news.

Scargill, who led the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984/85 miners strike, exclaimed "SCARGILL ALIVE!" when he received a text that read, "Thatcher's dead".

ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

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Arthur Scargill reacts to Thatcher's death: "SCARGILL ALIVE !"

One of Margaret Thatcher's biggest domestic conflicts came with powerful union boss Arthur Scargill. He clashed bitterly with her during the 1984/85 miners' strike.

Scargill has managed to avoid media attention since Thatcher's death - but now, for the first time, ITV News can reveal his response.

Arthur Scargill was sent a text message by Ken Capstick, the Treasurer of the Socialist Labour Party which read: "Thatcher Dead". As pictured below, back came this equally short reply from Scargill: "SCARGILL ALIVE !"

The response from Arthur Scargill after learning of Margaret Thatcher's death
The response from Arthur Scargill after learning of Margaret Thatcher's death Credit: ITV News