No apology over miners' strikes

Labour is calling for the government to carry out an investigation into dealings between politicians and politicians during the miners' strikes as part of the their 'Justice for Coalfields' campaign.

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Newcastle MP calls for wrongs to coalfield communities to be put right

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has joined Labour MPs around the country in a campaign calling for the government to carry out an investigation into dealings between politicians during the miners' strikes.

The calls are part of the 'Justice for Coalfields' campaign, which is urging Conservative Ministers to put right the wrongs they believe were done to coalfield communities during the strikes.

The Newcastle MP has written to Cabinet Officer Minister Francis Maude urging him to:

  • Make a formal apology for the actions of the Government during the time of the strike.
  • Set out all details of the interactions between the Government and the police at the time
  • Release all information about Government-police communications around Orgreave with a proper investigation

"The Cabinet papers released this month serve as a vivid reminder of what increasingly appears to have been deliberate strategy to undermine a significant number of hard-working and proud local communities across the country.

"What we need is full transparency on this issue, and an apology ahead of the 30th anniversary of Orgreave in June."

– Catherine McKinnell MP
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Cameron: Scargill should apologise for union's actions

Prime Minister David Cameron said former leader of the National Union of Mineworkers Arthur Scargill should apologise for the way he led the union.

Cameron in the Commons on Wednesday Credit: Press Association

He said Labour should also learn lessons from the strikes as former party leader Lord Kinnock at the time refused to condemn the fact there was no ballot.

His comments followed a question in the Commons from Labour MP Lisa Nandy, who said the miners and their families deserved an apology.

Cameron said:" I think if anyone needs to make an apology for their role in the miners' strike it should be Arthur Scargill for the appalling way that he led that union.

"If other people want to ask about their roles, there was the role of the leader of Labour Party, who at the time never condemned the fact that they wouldn't hold a ballot. So I think there are lessons for Labour to learn and judging from their performance today, they haven't learned any of them."


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