SHEFFIELD City Council is expected today to become the third local authority in Yorkshire to condemn Amber Rudd’s refusal to hold an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.
Wakefield and Doncaster Councils have already condemned the Home Secretary for her decision, which reneged on a pledge to open a probe into the brutal police attack on striking miners at Orgreave in South Yorkshire in 1984.
The Sheffield motion condemns Ms Rudd’s decision as “a great injustice,” and accuses Ms Rudd of showing “great contempt for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC), many former miners, their families and communities.
The OTJC is refusing to accept the decision, and plans to win support from local authorities nationwide to keep the pressure on Ms Rudd.
OTJC secretary Barbara Jackson said: “Our banners and placards will be there and we urge anyone elsewhere in the country who can get there under their own steam to join the Orgreave Yorkshire supporters and help keep up the pressure to get the decision overturned.”
Next week the campaigners will descend on the Home Office on Thursday December 15, to stage a lobby.
Campaigners will travel from Yorkshire and have appealed for support from other areas.
They will take with them life-size cardboard cut-outs of Margaret Thatcher and her former sidekick Sir Norman Tebbitt, who were among the architects of government plans to smash the National Union of Mineworkers by whatever means necessary — including state-organised violence.