The Scotsman

Speak out, strike miners urged


The lawyer tasked with leading a review into the impact of policing during the miners’ strike in Scotland has urged those involved in the protests to tell their story.

John Scott, QC, said there were still “strong feelings” about the industrial action, although it took place more than three decades ago.

Miners across the UK went out on strike for a year in an attempt to prevent the closure of pits by Margaret Thatcher’s government.

The dispute, which ran for a year between March 1984 and March 1985, included violent clashes between the police and strikers.

Mr Scott has launched a call for evidence. He will be assisted during the review by an advisory panel made up of former MP and MSP Dennis Canavan, Jim Murdoch, a professor of public law at the University of Glasgow, and former Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson.

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