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Amber Rudd was heckled in the Commons on Monday after she announced the government would refuse to hold a statutory inquiry or independent review into the notorious clash between police and miners at Orgreave in 1984.

Jeremy Corbyn and Labour shadow home secretary Diane Abbott condemned the home secretary for her decision.

Appalled that Government ruled out inquiry into Orgreave – denying truth and justice for victims and their families https://t.co/GrG7TwC5YP

— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) October 31, 2016

The so-called Battle at Orgreave became one of the most infamous showdowns between pickets and police during the miners’ strike. It is alleged by campaigners that police action on the day was excessively heavy handed and statements were manufactured to discredit those involved.

Orgreave families react: ‘We’ve just been custard-pied’

“We’ve just been custard-pied”: #Orgreave families react to @AmberRudd_MP‘s decision not to hold an inquiry https://t.co/NdPwztQAsP

— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 31, 2016

Rudd told the Commons on Monday she had taken the decision as there “were no deaths or wrongful convictions”.

However she admitted it would come “as a significant disappointment to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and its supporters”.

Abbott said: “The victims and their families have been treated shamefully by this government. The campaigners were led to believe only that there was debate on the form of Inquiry, but Amber Rudd and Theresa May have led them up them up the garden path.

“This is a shameful decision, which ignores the need for truth and justice. Labour stands with the campaigners and will not rest until there is a full Hillsborough-style Inquiry.”

Labour’s Andy Burnham criticises Orgreave decision https://t.co/aoQ452dE0d pic.twitter.com/VnndRSyiV9

— BBC Parliament (@BBCParliament) October 31, 2016

As she announced her decision, MPs shouted across the Commons that it was a “disgrace”.

Former shadow home secretary and Labour’s Manchester mayoral candidate Andy Burnham said Rudd was guilty of a “establishment stitch up” which was “nothing more than a nakedly political act”.

Labour shadow cabinet minister Jon Tricket said the party would set up an inquiry should it win the next election.

Disgraceful decision by this #Tory government refusing #inquiry into #Orgreave We will not rest until #justice is done #orgreavejustice

— Jon Trickett (@jon_trickett) October 31, 2016

I represent many men who were at #Orgreave. Justice hidden is justice denied. Labour will set up an Inquiry as soon as elected to office.

— Jon Trickett (@jon_trickett) October 31, 2016

Momentum for an Orgreave inquiry has escalated since the conclusion of the two-year Hillsborough inquests, which provided a scathing assessment of the under-fire police force’s behaviour. Hillsborough victims had urged Rudd not to limit an inquiry to a private review, instead committing to an open, panel-style hearing.

I’m spitting feathers @AmberRudd_MP refused an inquiry into #Orgreave South York needs the truth out there to move forward @orgreavejustice

— Sarah Champion MP (@SarahChampionMP) October 31, 2016

Hilary Benn, the Labour chairman of the Commons Brexit committee, said the decison was “shameful”. He tweeted: “It’s time the truth was told and the Government is failing in its responsibility by ruling out an Inquiry.”

Sheffield Heely Labour MP Louise Haigh said the decision was “a slap in the face to the campaigners an the victims and their families”.

Genuine gasps of horror as amber Rudd proclaims Orgreave ‘not as serious as hillsborough’ in chamber and rightly so- justice truly denied.

— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) October 31, 2016

South Yorkshire MPs John Healey and Kevin Barron said in a statement:

“This shock decision by the Government not to go ahead with a statutory inquiry or an independent review into Orgreave is a betrayal of the families that have campaigned so long for justice. It is an early stain on Theresa May’s premiership and a shameful abdication of responsibility by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd. Former miners, their families and communities have waited decades for the truth, and they will be deeply disappointed by today’s announcement.”

Civil liberties campaign group Liberty also condemned Rudd’s decision.

Deeply disappointing decision by @AmberRudd_MP. We stand with you @orgreavejustice #Orgreave https://t.co/4F64lpv174

— Liberty (@libertyhq) October 31, 2016

In a written statement announcing her decision today, Rudd said: “Despite the forceful accounts and arguments provided by the campaigners and former miners who were present that day, about the effect that these events have had on them, ultimately there were no deaths or wrongful convictions.

“There have been very significant changes in the oversight of policing since 1984, at every level, including major reforms to criminal procedure, changes to public order policing and practice, stronger external scrutiny and greater local accountability.

“There would therefore be very few lessons for the policing system today to be learned from any review of the events and practices of three decades ago.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/amber-rudd-heckled-branded-a-disgrace-in-commons-as-tories-reject-orgreave-inquiry_uk_58175452e4b04660a439b9db

 

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