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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".
The man who sent the "Thatcher Dead" text message to Arthur Scargill described the moment he got the reply. Ken Capstick, the Treasurer of the Socialist Labour Party said Scargill was feeling "fine".
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 !"