“You have worn our badge ‘Coal Not Dole’ and you know what harassment means, as we do. Now we will support you. It won’t change overnight, but now a hundred and forty thousand miners know … about blacks and gays and nuclear disarmament and we will never be the same.”
David Donovan speaking on behalf of the Dulais miners to a crowd of 1,500 at the Pits and Perverts Ball, Camden Town, 10th December 1984
Campaigners and Margaret Thatcher travel to London for Home Office Demonstration - Thursday 15th December 2016
Last year on 15th December 2015 representatives from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) submitted a legal document to the Home Office at the request of then Home Secretary Theresa May providing evidence and information about police brutality used against picketing miners at the Orgreave coking plant on 18th June 1984. The purpose of this was to enable the Home Secretary to consider holding a Public Inquiry into the events at Orgreave involving police fabrication of evidence, wrongful arrests, malicious prosecutions and perjury. No police officer has ever been held to account or been through a disciplinary procedure regarding what happened at Orgreave.
The re-formed Lesbians and Gay Men Support the Miners (LGSM) decided on 9 October 2015 that we would wind down as a current campaigning force and focus on the task of keeping alive the legacy of our work in 1984-85 and putting together a digital historical archive of documents, photos, personal stories, videos, audio recordings and all other written material connected to the strike. A full archive of our work in 1984-85 and more recently will be made available to all on the LGSM website (lgsm.org) in the coming months.