Help shape legislation to get miners pardons

The Scottish Government is planning to pardon miners convicted of certain offences during the 1984-85 strike.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 11:00 am
Police hold back the picket line outside Bilston Glen colliery in March 1984

This follows an independent review into the impact of policing on communities during the strike, led by John Scott QC, which recommended legislation be introduced to pardon miners subject to establishing suitable criteria.

Now the Scottish Government has launched a consultation seeking views on what the qualifying criteria should be to help shape that legislation.

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame said: “I know the deep impact the events of 1984-85 had on Midlothian in particular.

"A number of miners from communities like Gorebridge, Newtongrange and Penicuik have suffered for years due to the convictions handed out during the strike.

“This consultation is an important step in making a pardon a reality. It’s important the qualifying criteria is well-thought through and informed by a range of views so I encourage anyone with an interest to make sure their voice is heard.

“The strike may have taken place 35 years ago, but there is still much anger in many of our local communities about how the miners were treated, and rightly so.”