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Labour AMs back call for 1984 Miners’ Strike apology

By SWEPnino  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

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Two Swansea AMs are backing calls for the Conservative Party to issue an apology for the actions of Margaret Thatcher’s administration during the miners’ strike of 1984/5.

Secret cabinet documents from the Thatcher government were released early this month, under the 30-year-rule, which reveal plans were in place to shut down 75 coal mines, and that political pressure was placed on police chief constables against picketers.

They also reveal that consideration was given to calling a state of emergency with the deployment of soldiers to move coal.

Calls for an apology were raised in the House of Commons, by Wigan MP Lisa Nandy during Prime Minister’s Questions.

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And now Labour AM Mike Hedges has tabled an Assembly Statement of Opinion (SOP), backing calls for an apology.

Swansea East AM Mike Hedges said: “For many people in coalfield communities up and down Wales, the memories, scars and wounds from the Miners’ Strike are still raw. Many towns and neighbourhoods throughout South Wales are still reeling from the devastation and destruction caused by the loss of industry and jobs thanks to Margaret Thatcher’s policies.

“What has always added insult to injury is the fact there’s never been any apology from the Conservative Party for their actions in government during the strike.”

Julie James, Labour AM for Swansea West, backed the calls.

She said: “With recent documents revealing the secret planned closure of 75 coalmines and that political pressure was exhorted upon police chief constables, the need to apologise to those families affected by the then government’s actions during the strike has never been greater.

“With the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Miners’ Strike due to take place in March, it’s high time that we had justice for our coalfield communities.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has so far rejected calls for an apology for the government’s actions.

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  • 163ct034  |  March 04 2014, 3:12PM

    There seems to be a lot of tories on here making comments in south west Wales If ignorance is bliss, you tories on here must be the happiest people on earth and are proof that evolution CAN go in reverse

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  • TOLPUDDLE  |  February 09 2014, 7:44PM

    Is everyone missing the point we all know the truth so move on. Shouldn't our elected members be concentrating on what is happening in our City today and the real problems facing the Local Council bearing in mind they are WAG members and should have some influence. To easy that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • mikestarwood  |  February 07 2014, 2:35PM

    More miners lost their jobs during Labour governments than during Conservative governments. FACT. But many don't like facts to get in the way. In any case, these people need to get a life and move on. Holding grudges for 30 years is ridiculous.

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  • bennyhill4  |  February 06 2014, 7:25PM

    Gorsseinonjoe, Whether Scargill lied or not is of no concern to me. But when the Prime Minister of the day tells bare faced lies then that does concern me, but after the Hillsborough enquiry I shouldn't have been surprised. Thatcher would do and say anything to keep her dirty little secrets

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  February 06 2014, 5:12PM

    Bennyhill24, and Scargill didn't? So let's hear an apology from the NUM and Scargill for the hardship, terror, violence and the biggest lie was that he did what he did in the name of the working man. The man was intent on running the country with his henchman, thank God for democracy.

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  • bennyhill4  |  February 06 2014, 9:53AM

    most of you on here seem to be missing the point. You are all criticising the and scargill, but the reason that an apology was asked for was because Thatcher LIED

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  February 04 2014, 6:13PM

    Miners all over the country were "conned" by Scargill, the man only had one goal and that was to bring a democratically elected Government down as the Unions had done to Heath, Callaghan and Wilson. The difference was that Scargill wanted a communist government, this is why his demands were so unacceptable, he knew there would be no settlement. I can remember miners wanting 20% plus wage increases when ordinary workers were getting next to nothing. The suffering was self inflicted and don't forget that miners who wanted to work were subjected to some horrific violence by fellow workers. Apologise? I don't think so, I fully agree with neathguard, Williamwaun and Breadjules. As for Neathboy once again he spouts the rhetoric of solidarity with the workers and then spoils himself with his "I'm all right Jack" I've got a final salary pension, two faced as usual.

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  • neathguard  |  February 04 2014, 11:29AM

    The welsh miners were never given the opportunity to vote whither for or against the strike. There was a programme on BBC Wales which alleged that Williams along with Tyrone o'Sullivan and Kim Howells would not win a vote for a strike so they arranged for pickets to be employed. Welsh miners being honourable would not cross a picket line, so coal production stopped. Scar gill lost the NUM a fortune by taking on the courts, and is now in depute with his own union over pension , accommodation, and his position as life long president.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 03 2014, 9:38PM

    williamwaun Oh you mean when they stopped giving tax relief on dividends, hardly stealing is it, lol lol lol lol. I think you will find QE has cost the UK pension funds far more. BTW my final slavery pension is still going, I've been paying into it for well over 30 years now. How's u private pension looking, or didn't u bother with one

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  • williamwaun  |  February 03 2014, 8:54PM

    The man who stole your pension. http://tinyurl.com/ne6cgv6

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