THE election of a Labour government is essential if the truth about one of the 20th century’s most brutal police attacks on workers — the Battle of Orgreave — is to be revealed, campaigners argued yesterday.
The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) said it was clear that the current Conservative government was “protecting the government of the 1980s.”
The then Tory government “engineered and authorised police brutality against striking miners using whatever methods they deemed necessary to demonise and undermine workers fighting for their jobs and communities,” it added.
The campaign said only a Labour government would authorise a public inquiry into Orgreave.
Campaign secretary Barbara Jackson said: “The OTJC has received incredible support from the Labour Party, including the leader Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper.
“The Conservatives have made it clear to us that they will not hold an inquiry. Having a Labour government is essential to get the truth and justice we all deserve.”