Orgreave rejection reaction: Disgust, dismay and defiance

POLITICIANS, campaigners and civic leaders turned on Home Secretary Amber Rudd today after she ruled out holding an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.

Ms Rudd this afternoon turned down appeals for a formal, independent probe into the confrontation outside the Orgreave Coking plant near Rotherham in 1984.

She 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.

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ORGREAVE: South Yorkshire Crime Commissioner ‘shocked and dismayed’ at Government decision

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said he is ‘deeply disappointed’ at the Government’s decision not to hold an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.

Commissioner Dr Alan Billings has spoken of his dismay after Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced there would be no inquiry today.

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YP Comment: Orgreave – the fight will go on. Home Secretary must think again

JUST because no one died at the Battle of Orgreave does not justify the Home Secretary’s cavalier decision to rule out a public inquiry into the policing of these events, the subsequent miscarriage of justice and similarities – exposed by The Yorkshire Post – with how the force handled the aftermath of Hillsborough five years later, a tragedy which did, for Amber Rudd’s benefit, claim 96 lives.

Quite the opposite. Unless Ms Rudd sees sense, and enables the decisions taken at the time by South Yorkshire Police’s leaders, and influence of Margaret Thatcher’s government, to be properly scrutinised, existing constables – many of whom were not even born when these troubling events took place in 1984 – will struggle to win back the lost confidence of the law-abiding public following the confluence of a succession of scandals.

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Burnham accuses Rudd of Miners’ Strike ‘establishment stitch-up’

The home secretary is accused of an “establishment stitch-up” after announcing there will be no inquiry into the so-called Battle of Orgreave during the 1984 Miners’ Strike.

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