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North East MP criticises IPCC decision not to investigate Orgreave violence

An injured picket is carried way from the line at the Orgreave coking plant Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A North East MP has criticised a decision by the Police Complaints Commission not to investigate alleged misconduct by officers against picketing miners during the 1984 miners strike.

Labour MP Dave Anderson, who represents Blaydon in Gateshead, used to work as a miner.

He says he was present at the Orgreave plant in Rotherham in Yorkshire where it is alleged officers used "excessive force".

But following a two-year analysis of thousands of pages of documents related to the case, the IPCC said it had decided not to launch an investigation into the conduct of South Yorkshire Police.

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson, Lab Credit: John Stilwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mr Anderson has described the decision as an establishment cover up by the 'forces of darkness'.

He said: "I'm not surprised by the outcome. It is yet another establishment cover up.

"Innocent people were stitched-up, beaten-up and set-up by the agents of the state and I have no doubt that this is the forces of darkness closing ranks to protect the powers that be that really run this country as opposed to us, who are democratically elected."


Northumberland MP to question Foreign Office over Ashington man's return from India

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery (pictured) is due to question the foreign office over Nick Dunn's fight to return home Credit: John Stilwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A Northumberland MP is to question the Foreign Office over their role in the fight to bring a former paratrooper home from India.

Nick Dunn, 28, from Ashington, had been working as a security guard in the country when he held along with five other men on weapons offences in 2013. The charges have since been dropped but his passport has been withheld whilst police challenge the decision.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery is due to question the Foreign Office in Parliament today over communications with Indian authorities.

Nick Dunn, 28, has been detained in India since October 2013

Chi Onwurah "saddened" by Umunna decision

Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah has said that she is saddened by the decision of Chuka Umunna to pull out of the party’s leadership race.

Ms Onwurah, who has worked closely with Mr Umunna in the past, said it was “a tragedy” that he had withdrawn from the leadership race and thought that Mr Umunna had “a lot to offer the Labour party.”

She went on to add that Mr Umunna was representative of a new Britain and that his withdrawal should be seen as a warning as to how candidates are treated.

Mr Umunna announced his intention to quit the leadership race earlier today, saying he was uncomfortable with the level of media scrutiny.


Newcastle involved in devolution talks

Leaders from Newcastle, and other major cities, want more powers form central government. Credit: PA

Local government leaders from England's eight biggest cities, including Newcastle, are meeting to demand more powers.

They are travelling to London to call for radical reforms that would give cities more control over funding and public services.

The leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes is a keynote speaker.

Stockton South MP James Wharton wins ministerial post

Stockton South MP James Wharton is now a junior minister.

James Wharton, the MP who delivered one of the most important Conservative victories of the General Election, has been rewarded with a junior ministerial post.

The Stockton South MP becomes a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he will have responsibility for the 'Northern Powerhouse' plans to boost the economy of the North of England.

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