Midlothian MP seeks miners arrest inquiry

Midlothian miners convicted in the 1980s could have their criminal records erased in an inquiry similar to that of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Demands have been issued that Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill should conduct a “full, independent and comprehensive review” into each case dating back nearly 30 years.

The plea has been voiced by Midlothian MP David Hamilton, a former miner who spent two months in jail for his part in the strikes in 1984/85.

It has been argued that a new investigation could reveal evidence similar to the Hillsborough football tragedy where the police were found to have covered up the truth.

The call comes as the Independent Police Complaints Commission is carrying out an investigation into allegations officers tampered with witness statements at the Orgreave coking plant in South Yorkshire.

Read full story in the December 13 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.