The Home Affairs Select Committee chairwoman Yvette Cooper said there could be “no more secrets or cover-ups” in relation to the miners strike clash at the Orgreave coking plant, dubbed the “battle of Orgreave”.
The committee has asked Home Secretary Amber Rudd to have files which are currently withheld until 2066 independently reviewed “to see if they can be released instead”, with redactions if necessary. Ms Cooper said “People in coalfield communities need to know what happened at Orgreave and deserve access to the truth”
The committee contacted 18 forces involved in policing at the Orgreave coking plant in June 1984. Correspondence with Scotland Yard confirmed South Yorkshire Police led operations on the day and the force still had most of the Orgreave files. The committee also approached the National Police Chiefs’ Council (which replaced the Association of Chief Police Officers) over intelligence reports and other files it holds. But was told the files contain “personal and sensitive information” about the confrontation between miners and police at Orgreave.
Hopefully the truth will be revealed soon.
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