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22 September 2021

Gleision mine deaths: Still fighting for justice

South Wales thought the days of mining tragedies were in the past. The death toll during almost two centuries of mining is over 6,000, even more when Aberfan is included. Ten years ago, in September 2011,

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11 August 2021

Thanks to the miners - an example of workers' struggle and solidarity

"Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, who closed so many coal mines across the country, we had a big early start and we're now moving rapidly away from coal altogether"

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9 June 2021

TV review: Mrs Thatcher vs the miners

History as written by the bosses: 'Mrs Thatcher vs The Miners, the Battle for Britain', a documentary recently screened on Channel 5, is a transparent attempt by the bosses to rewrite history

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20 January 2021

Books that inspired me: The Road to Wigan Pier

In early 1936, a then unknown George Orwell was commissioned by the publisher Victor Gollancz to travel to the north of England to research 'the conditions of the working class'

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28 October 2020

Books that inspired me: Germinal

I sold the Militant newspaper at the entrance to Snowdown pit in Kent throughout the 1984-85 miners' strike, and until the pit's closure in 1987.

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27 May 2020

1920s Britain: A "country nearer Bolshevism than at any time since"

In the sixth article in our series - 'war, global crises and working-class struggle' - Socialist Party national committee member Alistair Tice asks: does the picture following the World War One give more pointers to what we can expect today in terms of new economic crises and workers' struggles?.

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6 May 2020

The Tyneside apprentices' strike during WW2

I have been enjoying reading the articles on World War Two. There are many lessons to be learnt for today for our class and the youth, writes Heather Rawling, Leicester Socialist Party.

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22 April 2020

Going viral: Socialist comments and letters

The Covid-19 pandemic is a world social crisis which touches every aspect of life.

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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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27 March 2019

Lessons of the heroic 1984-85 Miners' strike

The miners' strike was "a civil war without guns" - an all-out battle between workers and the ruling class

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13 March 2019

Obituary Joan Beale - Labour women's activist and Militant supporter

An active supporter of Militant (forerunner of the Socialist Party) in Lancashire in the 1970s and 80s, Joan Beale sadly passed away last month. Although her health had not been good in recent years, her death was sudden and unexpected.

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21 November 2018

Mansfield council must step in to save miners' park

The proposed closure of Berry Hill Park in Mansfield has led to a storm of protest. Around 300 turned out at a few days' notice to demonstrate. 7,000 have signed an online petition in under a fortnight.

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14 November 2018

Theatre: The Last Seam - a lasting tribute to Mary Jackson

The Last Seam is a piece of theatre with a script based on interviews that relate the story of a Yorkshire pit community throughout the miners' strike of 1984-85 and afterwards

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25 July 2018

Durham Miners' Gala 2018

The Socialist Party took part in the Durham Miners' Gala, the largest trade union gathering in Europe, on 14 July

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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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20 June 2018

Miners demand end to pensions robbery

Over a hundred former miners lobbied parliament on 6 June, demanding the government stops its decades-long looting of their pension fund

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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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22 January 2018

Red Mary - a Force of Nature

Longstanding Doncaster Socialist Party member Mary Jackson was a working class fighter and an eternal optimist in a socialist future

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