Give us justice like Hillsborough

Four policemen carry a picket away from outside Bilston Glen Colliery during the miners' strike in June 1984.
Four policemen carry a picket away from outside Bilston Glen Colliery during the miners' strike in June 1984.

Calls for an inquiry into policing in Scotland during the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike have received the unanimous backing of Midlothian Council.

Councillor Alex Bennett (Lab) called on the Scottish Government to agree to a “Hillsborough-style” inquiry in light of evidence released under the 30-year rule.

Included among previously confidential documents are Whitehall papers which show that the Thatcher government considered deploying troops at the height of the strike, which lasted from March 1984 to March 1985.

Councillor Bennett’s move follows that of former Midlothian MP David Hamilton (Lab), who in December 2012 asked the Scottish Government to revisit the convictions of 500 men after it emerged that police statements in England during the period of the strike had been manipulated.

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