The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign would like to ask your Council to pass a resolution to support the Campaign and contact the Home Secretary to ask her to order a Public Inquiry into the events at Orgreave on June 18th 1984.
We have received magnificent support from a number of Councils throughout the country and are hoping that we can get much more support to help us succeed with our request for an Inquiry. We have also received a lot of support from many Labour Party, Trade Union colleagues and branches and political and social justice organisations throughout the country showing that this is not just an issue affecting the north of England.
See a list of councils and links already on board here
Derby City Council
Please view the link below of Derby City Council full council meeting , with a motion on the agenda deploring Amber rudd’s decision not to hold any type of inquiry into the events at the Orgreave Coking Plant, edge of Sheffield and Rotherham 18/6/84 when 95 miners were arrested and falsely charges with riot and unlawful assembly. the debate starts approx 38 minutes into the meeting with the motion proposed by Labour councillor Paul Bayliss and seconded by Labour Councillor Anderson. the motion was passed unanimously along with strong vocal support from the public gallery from an ex miner.
We have included a model resolution below but please use your own resolution if you think that is more appropriate. If you require a speaker or more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
You can easily find your local councillor’s information and contact details here – https://www.writetothem.com
Draft request and model motion here:
Leader of ????????????? Council
Dear Councillor ????
‘This Council is concerned and disappointed by the Home Secretary’s rejection on the 31st October, 2016 of an Inquiry into the policing of events at Orgreave.
This Council observes that the Independent Police Commission said in their redacted report released in June 2015 “that there was evidence of excessive violence by police officers, and a false narrative from police exaggerating violence by miners, perjury by officers giving evidence to prosecute the arrested men, and an apparent cover-up of that perjury by senior officers”.
This Council believes in the light of such statements that the Home Secretary needs to review her decision and ensure that there is a full public inquiry into the events at the Orgreave coking plant on 18th June 1984.
This Council notes that 95 miners were arrested and charged with offences, but were all later acquitted amid claims that police at the time had fabricated evidence.
The Council will write to the Home Secretary and ask that she takes into account the opinion of this Council and accepts that there is widespread public concern about events at Orgreave and calls for her to order an inquiry into them’.