Newly released cabinet papers ‘prove us right’ over miners’ strike says Nottinghamshire NUM spokesman

Miners march to the Nottingham area NUM headquarters in Mansfield in May 1984

Miners march to the Nottingham area NUM headquarters in Mansfield in May 1984

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A Nottinghamshire miners’ union representative says information in newly released cabinet papers from 1984 may have changed the course of the miner’s strike had it been revealed to the public at the time.

The strike started 30 years ago in March and lasted a year with sometimes violent confrontation between police and pickets.

The government and National Coal Board said at the time they wanted to close 20 pits but previously confidential files released today by the National Archives reveal a plan to shut 75 mines over three years.

 

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