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Call for public inquiry over miners' strike.

CALLS for a public inquiry into the year-long miners' strike in 1984 are being stepped up.

They come as communities across the country gear up to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the start of the most bitter industrial conflict in living memory.

A series of events will be held by miners, their families, supporters and union activists in the coming weeks, while the anger and bitterness which characterised the dispute will be re-kindled.

The recent revelation in government papers released by the National Archives that Margaret Thatcher secretly considered calling out the troops at the height of the strike has heightened the belief that a full-blown inquiry should be held.

Labour MP Ian Lavery, a former president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), has tabled an early day motion in Parliament.

The motion "regrets that nearly 30 years after the strike ended, there are still men who were wrongly arrested or convicted during the dispute, who have never received justice".

More than 60 MPs are supporting the motion.

Mr Lavery said he would continue pressing for an inquiry.

Mr Lavery said the archive papers revealing that ministers considered declaring a state of emergency, amid fears that union action could destroy the government, backed up his belief that MPs and the public were misled.

"The Prime Minister deliberately misled Parliament and the public by saying the NUM was scaremongering about pit closures."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2014
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