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Labour Group of Police & Crime Commissioner urge Home Secretary to take action

13th September 2016

The Labour Group of Police & Crime Commissioners have today called upon the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, to finish a job that the Prime Minister promised to do but failed.

Mrs Baird and her Labour Police and Crime Commissioner colleagues have sent a letter to the Home Secretary, urging her to review the legal submissions from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign Group and for her to agree to an enquiry.

Commissioner Baird said “ We all remember the Miners’ Strike like it was yesterday; we saw the effect it had on families in communities that we serve and beyond.  In South Yorkshire, Orgreave was a clash between police and miners and South Yorkshire police need to account for their actions and intentions. Despite the passage of time, miners and  their families deserve answers to what happened and why evidence was fabricated which could have condemned men merely picketing to save their jobs to prison for life.”

The Prime Minister during her time as Home Secretary spent many months considering the legal submissions from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign group without coming to a decision.

Commissioner Baird added “An enquiry is the right way forward, the Home Secretary can now speed up the process and complete the decision process that the Prime Minister deliberated over for so long.  The Labour Group of PCCs will continue to support the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign in their endeavours to get answers to what happened in South Yorkshire.