Please use the example motion / letter below to write to the Home Secretary on behalf of yourself or your organisation.
EXAMPLE MOTION / LETTER
[Insert name] condemns previous Home Secretary, Amber Rudd’s rejection on 31st October 2016 in Parliament of an Orgreave Inquiry as a grave injustice. [Insert name] also condemns Amber Rudd’s successor, previous Home Secretary, Sajid Javid’s support for this rejection and his refusal in 2019 to commission an Orgreave Independent Panel. [Insert name] also condemns Sajid Javid’s successor, previous Home Secretary, Priti Patel for also ruling out any kind Orgreave inquiry.
[Insert name] is appalled by the decision not to hold an inquiry or independent panel into the policing of picket lines at the Orgreave coking plant on 18th June 1984 during the Miners’ Strike.
With this ruling, previous Home Secretaries, Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid and Priti Patel have showed great contempt for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, many former miners, their families and communities who for nearly 40 years have waited for the truth and who have displayed huge courage and tenacity in trying to hold the authorities to account.
[Insert name] observes that even the Independent Police Complaints Commission said in their redacted report released in June 2015 that there was “evidence of excessive violence by police officers, 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”.
[Insert name] is astonished that in the light of such statements the past Home Secretary Amber Rudd concluded that there are few lessons to be learned by the current police forces from any review of these events, that no one died, there was no miscarriage of justice, no convictions and therefore there will be no inquiry.
[Insert name] is also extremely concerned that previous Home Secretaries, Sajid Javid and Priti Patel continued to uphold Amber Rudd’s decision and would not agree to meet with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.
[Insert name] notes that 95 miners were arrested and charged with offences, some with riot offences, but all were later acquitted amid claims that South Yorkshire Police had fabricated evidence. There were also widespread examples of pickets being beaten unconscious by police officers and receiving other serious injuries. The miners suffered such treatment simply for exercising their right to protest against the threat to their jobs, their industry and communities.
There is widespread public concern about events at Orgreave and it is shameful that as yet, no-one has to answer for the events of that day. We salute the decision of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign to continue with its fight for transparency, Truth and Justice and call on the Home Secretary to set up an inquiry.
Please send messages to the Government. See below how to register your concerns.
Please email: email@example.com
Please Tweet the current Home Secretary: @ukhomeoffice using #HomeSecretary
Please demand Justice For Orgreave and use the hashtag #orgreavejustice on Twitter, Instagram and other social media posts.