Miliband calls for Orgreave investigation

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband
Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is calling for a full investigation in to the infamous ‘Battle of Orgreave’.

The Doncaster North MP has backed plans to hold a debate in the House of Commons calling for the probe.

Mr Miliband previously called for an apology from Conservative ministers for their handling of the miners’ strike and has now reiterated that call.

But as part of the Labour Party’s Justice for the Coalfields campaign, he now wants the Parliamentary debate into the clash between police and striking miners at the Orgreave coking plant, near Rotherham, on June 18 1984.

There is further demand for publication of all communications between the government and the police at the time of the bitter industrial dispute until 1985.

Papers released in January showed that Margaret Thatcher and her ministers had secret plans to close 75 pits.

It was also revealed that Mrs Thatcher was willing to go as far as declaring a state of emergency in order to gain victory over the miners and the unions.

Mr Miliband said: “I am proud to represent a constituency that is steeped in coalmining history and still has one of the few remaining operational pits in the country.

“People in Doncaster who lived through the miners’ strike will not have been surprised by what was revealed in the cabinet papers published earlier this year.

“Ministers may want to sweep the events of the miners’ strike under the carpet, but they won’t ever be forgotten in Doncaster and other coalfield communities.

“The current government must now apologise for their predecessors and deliver transparency to begin to foster reconciliation with the coalfield communities.”