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17 July 2019

Durham Miners' Gala

An estimated 200,000 people attended the 135th Durham Miners' Gala on 13 July, one of Europe's biggest celebrations of trade unionism and the labour movement.

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26 June 2019

35th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave

The Great Miners' Strike 1984-85: The Battle of Orgreave on 18 June 1984 involved nearly 10,000 pickets. 4,000 police, including mounted police, attacked them

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19 June 2019

Orgreave injustice - 35th anniversary march and rally

The 35th anniversary of the "Battle of Orgreave" was marked on Saturday 15 June with the biggest turnout yet of around 500 demonstrators, on what has become an annual march for "Truth and Justice", writes Alistair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party secretary.

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20 June 2018

Orgreave - no justice, no peace

On the outskirts of Sheffield on Saturday 16 June, around 300 people assembled under the banners of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC); insisting that the government hold a full public inquiry into the events at Orgreave 34 years ago

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13 June 2018

In the words of Amber Rudd, "no one died at Orgreave"

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign organises a march every year to commemorate what happened there and demand a public inquiry - join us for the 2018 march

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13 December 2017

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

Local residents and ex-mining families were outraged when news came through that Dewsbury Conservative Association was intending to have their annual dinner at the National Coal Mining Museum at the former Caphouse colliery in Overton near Wakefield.

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3 November 2017

Orgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march

Chants of "by Amber Rudd and Theresa May, justice was killed a year to the day!" reverberated around the streets of Sheffield on Halloween night

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11 October 2017

Join the Orgreave Halloween rally

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has called for our supporters to gather in their hundreds this Halloween night (31 October) in Sheffield.

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30 August 2017

Orgreave campaign calls Halloween rally

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has called a 'Death of Justice Rally' to mark the one-year anniversary of the Tories'decision not to hold any inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave

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22 March 2017

Biggest ever protest by Orgreave campaigners

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign held its biggest and noisiest demonstration yet in protest at Home Secretary Amber Rudd's decision not to hold a public inquiry

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8 February 2017

Make some noise for Orgreave!

Orgreave campaigners were shocked and outraged on 31 October 2016 when new home secretary Amber Rudd announced there would be no form of inquiry into the events of 18 June 1984. The government had been making all the right noises to the campaign and even Theresa May had talked about tackling the "poison of decades-old misdeeds".

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14 December 2016

Trust in politicians reaches all-time low

According to this year's 'veracity' survey from polling agency Ipsos Mori, faith in British politicians to tell the truth is lower than ever before.

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16 November 2016

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the real cost of NHS cuts, one member one vote, reformism and Tory hypocrisy.

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2 November 2016

Corbyn movement must seize initiative

An opportunity now exists to build a mass party that offers an alternative to endless austerity, on the basis of socialist policies. This would be a major step forward

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2 November 2016

Battle of Orgreave: Establishment cover up continues

Tory Home Secretary Amber Rudd has ruled out an inquiry into the violent police assault on striking miners picketing Orgreave coking plant, South Yorkshire, in June 1984. She justified blocking an inquiry on the grounds that "ultimately there were no deaths or wrongful convictions"

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28 September 2016

What We Saw

Socialist Liverpool FC supporters' group Spirit of Shankly recently unveiled its new banner. As well as combining Liverpool and Everton colours, the banner prominently features Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. It also backs foodbanks and carries union endorsements.

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11 May 2016

Independent inquiry into Orgreave now!

"It's time for a public inquiry into the policing of the miners' strike, not just Orgreave and the role of the police, but also the role of politicians." Surprisingly this comment is from Sir Peter Fahy, former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police.

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17 June 2015

Orgreave: Police violence and cover-up whitewashed by IPCC

On 18 June 1984 thousands of riot police, many on horseback, brutally attacked a mass picket of striking miners at the Orgreave coking plant in South Yorkshire. The victims are still struggling for justice.

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Former striking miners retrace their steps, 30 years to the day since they marched back to Shireoaks colliery, near Worksop. Former Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Notts miners and supporters marked the anniversary., photo J Dale

Former striking miners retrace their steps, 30 years to the day since they marched back to Shireoaks colliery, near Worksop. Former Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Notts miners and supporters marked the anniversary., photo J Dale

11 March 2015

"It wasn't easy, but I wanted to beat Thatcher"

30 years since the end of the miners' strike: Neal Davis, member of Mansfield Socialist Party, spoke to former Shirebrook (north Derbyshire) miner Ronnie Rodgers

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Miners and their families, photo D Pearson

Miners and their families, photo D Pearson

4 February 2015

Miners' strike: vibrant array of support groups

The great 1984-85 miners' strike ended 30 years ago next month. Dave Beale, chair of Chorley and Coppull Miners' Support Committee in Lancashire during the strike, explains the vital role of support

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