Review of Policing During the Miners’ Strike Secured
In June, the then Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced a review into policing during the miners’ strike of 1984-5.
I have fought for this since becoming an MSP in 2011 and many miners and their families joined me in celebrating this very welcome step forward.
Around 500 Scottish miners were arrested during the year-long strike, with Scotland seeing 30% of the arrests despite only having 10% of the UK’s mining workforce.
It was often believed that Thatcher used the police as a political tool throughout the strike and that many miners were arrested on exaggerated or even false convictions.
Although this is not a full public inquiry, it is a step in the right direction.
I have also written to the UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to ask them to follow suit and announce a public inquiry.