February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month – Part 2

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Following from our previous blog regarding February being Raynaud’s awareness month we are now looking at Vibration White Finger. Did you know that Vibration White Finger (VWF) is the 2nd most commonly prescribed disease under the Industrial Injuries Disability Benefit (IIDB) scheme? This is for the last 10 years but the number of new cases…

February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month

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What is Raynaud’s phenomenon? It is a common condition which affects blood supply to parts of the body, most commonly the fingers. It is often referred to as Raynaud’s syndrome, Raynaud’s disease or just Raynaud’s. Raynaud’s causes the affected areas to lose colour and turn white, then blue and eventually red as the blood flow…

Former Reporter turned MP fighting for Miners Pensions

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Labour MP Gloria De Piero, a former political reporter for GMTV, met with Business Secretary Greg Clark this week to discuss the miner’s pension fund scandal. Ex miners have been alleging that the UK Government (this includes Tony Blair & Gordon Browns labour governments and David Cameron’s coalition and conservative governments), have taken over £3…

Miners Charity Single for Christmas Number One

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Who will hold the Christmas number one song this year? Today is the last day of sales before the number one is announced tomorrow, and there are several charity singles in the line up as well as reality TV stars. Three of the charity singles are from Yorkshire and one of them is a group…

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Is This The Future of Mining?

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It’s almost a year since Britain’s last deep coal mine Kellingley Colliery closed, but it looks like a Potash mine is to open on the outskirts of Whitby, North Yorkshire, funded in part by the local community. To raise money for the mine its owners, Sirius Minerals, sold shares in the mine with some being…

Is the Government Pulling a U-turn on Orgreave?

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Following reports in the media over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd September 2016, it looks like the Government may be about to do a U-turn on a possible enquiry into the 1984 “Battle of Orgreave”. Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has called on Home Secretary Amber Rudd for clarity following contradictory reports in the…

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Can The Old Mines Stand Up To The Pressures Of Fracking?

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Fracking, it’s a subject which has divided the country; it has been banned in the UK since the two minor earthquakes near Blackpool in 2011. But with the recent vote to allow fracking in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire (Landmark North Yorkshire fracking operation approved) energy firms are looking at other sites in the UK where they…

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HS2 Provokes Mixed Feelings in the Dearne Valley

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It looks like the recent announcement to reroute of the proposed HS2 through South Yorkshire to save £1 billion (HS2 Phase 2 Route Plan to save £1 Billion) has produced mixed results for two ex mining communities in an area known as the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire.  As this map from the BBC shows, the…

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The EU Referendum Vote – A Great Day for Democracy

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Well it’s been over a fortnight since the historic UK EU Referendum vote and Westminster appears to be in political meltdown, with two high profile party leaders standing down and, another still facing a leadership battle.  The City too was in turmoil with the value of both the pound and shares falling and, the Governor…

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Ex NUM Leader calls for inquest into the Battle of Orgreave

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Ex NUM President Arthur Scargill has called for a Hillsborough like inquest into the events at the Orgreave coking plant in 1984. This follows an article published by the Yorkshire Post, which states the same senior South Yorkshire Police officers were involved both in the aftermath of Orgreave and the tragic Hillsborough disaster 5 years…