Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

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Please use and adapt the example motion / letter below to write to the Home Secretary on behalf of yourself or your organisation. You could also adapt it to write to your local MP.


I/We condemn previous Home Secretary, Amber Rudd’s  rejection on 31st October 2016 in Parliament of an Orgreave Inquiry as a grave injustice. I/We also condemn Amber Rudd’s numerous Home Secretary successors support for this rejection and the Home Secretary’s refusal in 2019 to commission an Orgreave Independent Panel or any kind of Orgreave inquiry.

I am / We are 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 the Conservative Home Secretaries 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.

I/We observe 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”.

I am / We are 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. I am / We are also extremely concerned that Conservative Home Secretaries have continued to uphold Amber Rudd’s decision and would not agree to meet with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.
I/We note 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 been held accountable for the events of that day. I/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.

Yours sincerely
[Insert name]

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