BARNSLEY councillors called on Home Secretary Amber Rudd yesterday to stop blocking a public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.
The motion on the brutal police attack on pickets during the 1984-85 miners’ strike was passed unopposed, with just the council’s four Tories abstaining.
Barnsley has now become the sixth northern council to make the call to Ms Rudd, who went back on a pledge to instigate an inquiry last year.
Councillor Mick Stowe said: “It seems that the Home Secretary refuses to recognise the impact her decision has had on many of our residents who feel they are being denied justice.”
National Union of Mineworkers chair Chris Skidmore said: “This government has shown total disregard for the miners at Orgreave, their families and communities who have shown remarkable fortitude for decades waiting for the truth to come out about what happened.”
Ex-miner Craig Mansell, who was arrested at the battle, said: “What happened that day represents one of the most momentous miscarriages of justice in this country’s history.”