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East Lothian MP supports strike inquiry

Fiona O'Donnell MP

Fiona O'Donnell MP

Calls for a full independent inquiry into the Government’s handling of the 1984-85 miners’ strike are being backed by local MP Fiona O’Donnell.

MPs representing coalfield communities across the UK have tabled a Parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) demanding an independent inquiry to examine the facts of the Thatcher government’s involvement in the dispute.

The move follows the release of Cabinet papers relating to the strike, which revealed that senior Cabinet ministers, including the Prime Minister, micromanaged the Government’s side of the strike, while publicly claiming to be innocent bystanders.

Ms O’Donnell (Lab) has supported the motion, which comes nearly 30 years after the start of the strike in March 1984.

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