INDEPENDENT REVIEW ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
The Independent Review on the impact of policing on affected communities in Scotland during the miners’ strike, led by John Scott QC Solicitor Advocate, announced on 2nd October 2018 details of events which will be held across Scotland to hear from those directly affected by the dispute.
These engagement events are being held between 6pm and 9pm at the following locations. Doors will open at 5.30pm.
Tuesday 09 October Alloa Townhall, Mars Hill, Alloa FK10 1AB
Friday 12 October Cumnock Townhall, 62 Glaisnock St, Cumnock KA18 1BY
Tuesday 20 November Lochgelly Centre, Bank St, Lochgelly KY5 9RD
Wednesday 21 November National Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Dalkeith EH22 4QN
Members of the public are invited to share their experiences with John Scott and members of his Advisory Panel, which comprises Dennis Canavan (former MP and MSP), Jim Murdoch (Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow) and Kate Thomson (former Assistant Chief Constable). There is no need to book a place in advance: members of the public are invited simply to come along on the night.
The evidence gathered will help inform the report and any recommendations made by the Group to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice. The public events are running alongside the wider call for evidence, which was announced on 3 September and is open until 30 November.
John Scott QC, who leads the Independent Review, said:
“If you were a miner, part of a mining community, a police officer or in some other way affected by, or involved in, the strike, I am really interested to hear about your experiences. If you can, please join us at one of these events, or respond to our call for evidence.”
On 7 June 2018 the then Cabinet Secretary for Justice made a statement to the Scottish Parliament, confirming the establishment of an Independent Review, to be led by John Scott QC Solicitor Advocate. The remit of the Review is to investigate and report on the impact of policing of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike on affected communities in Scotland.
It is envisaged that the Review will:
• provide an interim report to Ministers which sets out initial findings by January 2019; and
• carry out further necessary engagement and provide a final report by June 2019, which sets out lessons learned and makes recommendations for any further action required.
A call for written evidence was issued on 3 September 2018 and can be found at https://consult.gov.scot/
Responses are requested by Friday 30 November 2018.
Further information about the review can be found at: https://beta.gov.scot/groups/
You can also follow updates from the miners’ strike review by mentioning @Minerstrike8485 and using the hashtag #Minersstrikereview