First Anniversary of Orgreave Legal Submission

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.

Thursday 15th December 2016 will mark the first anniversary of the OTJC legal submission. OTJC representatives and supporters will travel to the Home Office in the company of a life size cardboard cutout of Margaret Thatcher on their bus to demonstrate outside the Home Office to protest at current Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s perverse decision not to hold a public inquiry into the injustices at Orgreave.

A mini bus will leave Sheffield, Paternoster Row, S1 2BX at 8am on Thursday 15th December. Other supporters will be joining the OTJC at the Home Office, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF between 12:30 and 14:00. LGSM will be there and we hope you can join us too.

Ex miner and OTJC campaigner John Dunn said “The large cardboard cut out of Margaret Thatcher and portrait of her and Norman Tebbitt will be an important reminder to Amber Rudd and the Tory Government that we know they have a lot to hide and we know who are still pulling their strings. Although we welcome the release of files in 2017 relating to the 84/5 Miners’ Strike we need the whole truth about Orgreave to get justice for the Miners and communities involved. A full independent public inquiry will help to achieve this.”

OTJC banners and placards will be at the demonstration and a Christmas cake and other goodies will help to make it an interesting and festive occasion.

Orgreave Justice Now!