Earlier this year the Scottish Government confirmed there will be an independent review into the policing of the 1984-85 miners’ strike.
John Scott QC, who is leading the review, has this week called on those who experienced the demonstrations to come forward and submit evidence to the review.
Strikes erupted across the UK in 1984 in response to plans to close collieries across the country. At Polkemmet in West Lothian there were lengthy stand offs with the police that resulted in many arrests.
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.
Local MSP Neil Findlay has been at the heart of the campaign to secure a review since he entered Parliament.
Neil Findlay said:
“This is welcome progress and a first step towards the justice miners and the Scottish mining communities deserve.
“More than 30 years after the strike of 1984/85 and following three decades of campaigning by many people, we now have an independent review, led by John Scott QC, calling for those involved to give evidence.
“This is, I hope, a significant step forward in the fight for justice and the truth about what actually happened in Scotland during that period.
“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward and contribute to this important process.”
The call for evidence is open until 30 November 2018.