Full report: Secret papers reveal Thatcher's mixed North East legacy

The row over Margaret Thatcher's legacy in the North East was reignited today after it emerged that she had secretly planned to close 75 coal mines, while saying in public that only 20 would go.

The cabinet documents show that the Government intended to close half of all the North East's pits within three years, making tens of thousands of people redundant. The archives also show that she played a pivotal role in bringing 6,000 Nissan jobs to Wearside. Dan Ashby reports.

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Released: The Thatcher files

Government papers from 1984, released by the National Archives, show ministers were so concerned at the outbreak of a national docks strike while the miners were still out, they considered declaring a state of emergency.