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 Credit: ITV News