Notice of Motion under Standing Order No. 6 – Policing of Events at Orgreave, moved by Councillor Stowe – Seconded by Councillor Clarke.
‘This Council is disappointed by the Home Secretary’s rejection on the 31st October, 2016 of an Inquiry into the policing of events at Orgreave.
The Council observes that the Independent Police Commission said in their redacted report released in June 2015 “that there was evidence of excessive violence by police officers, and 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”.
The Council believes in the light of such statements that the Home Secretary needs to review her decision that there should be no enquiry into such events.
The Council notes that 95 miners were arrested and charged with riot offences, but were all later acquitted amid claims that police at the time had fabricated evidence.
The Council will write to the Home Secretary and ask that she takes into account the opinion of this Council and accepts that there is widespread public concern about events at Orgreave and calls for her to order an inquiry into them
BARNSLEY councillors called on Home Secretary Amber Rudd [yesterday] to stop blocking a public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.
The motion on the brutal police attack on pickets during the 1984-85 miners’ strike was passed unopposed, with just the council’s four Tories abstaining.
Barnsley has now become the sixth northern council to make the call to Ms Rudd, who went back on a pledge to instigate an inquiry last year.
Councillor Mick Stowe said: “It seems that the Home Secretary refuses to recognise the impact her decision has had on many of our residents who feel they are being denied justice.”
National Union of Mineworkers chair Chris Skidmore said: “This government has shown total disregard for the miners at Orgreave, their families and communities who have shown remarkable fortitude for decades waiting for the truth to come out about what happened.”
Ex-miner Craig Mansell, who was arrested at the battle, said: “What happened that day represents one of the most momentous miscarriages of justice in this country’s history.”