Early day motion 918

RELEASE OF DOCUMENTATION ABOUT THE 1984-85 MINERS' STRIKE

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Total number of signatures: 70

Abbott, Diane Allen, Graham Anderson, David Barron, Kevin
Bayley, Hugh Begg, Anne Betts, Clive Blomfield, Paul
Blunkett, David Campbell, Ronnie Caton, Martin Champion, Sarah
Clark, Katy Connarty, Michael Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy
Crausby, David Cryer, John Cunningham, Jim Davidson, Ian
Davies, Geraint Dobbin, Jim Durkan, Mark Edwards, Jonathan
Engel, Natascha Flynn, Paul Francis, Hywel Galloway, George
George, Andrew Glass, Pat Glindon, Mary Godsiff, Roger
Hamilton, David Hancock, Mike Hepburn, Stephen Hood, Jim
Hopkins, Kelvin Howarth, George Huppert, Julian Kaufman, Gerald
Lavery, Ian Llwyd, Elfyn Lucas, Caroline Mann, John
McDonnell, Alasdair McGovern, Jim Meale, Alan Mearns, Ian
Mitchell, Austin Morris, Grahame M Murphy, Paul O'Donnell, Fiona
Osborne, Sandra Owen, Albert Riordan, Linda Robinson, Geoffrey
Rotheram, Steve Roy, Lindsay Ruane, Chris Ruddock, Joan
Sanders, Adrian Sharma, Virendra Sheerman, Barry Sheridan, Jim
Skinner, Dennis Sutcliffe, Gerry Vaz, Valerie Walley, Joan
Williamson, Chris Winnick, David

That this House is appalled to learn what thousands of people in mining communities have strongly suspected for 30 years in the wake of the release of the Cabinet papers relating to the 1984-85 miners' strike, that senior Cabinet ministers, including the Prime Minister, micromanaged the Government's side of the strike, whilst publicly claiming to be innocent bystanders; notes that, all along, the National Coal Board had the intention to close over 70 collieries whilst publicly claiming the number to be around 20; further notes that senior Cabinet Ministers deliberately misled the country; further notes that when those striking to protect their communities seemed to be on the verge of victory, the Government plotted to bring in the armed forces to avoid defeat; and furthermore demands a full independent inquiry into the then Government's handling of the 1984-85 miners' strike.