Responding to the Home Secretary’s decision not to hold an inquiry into the events during and after the Battle of Orgreave, Yvette Cooper MP said:
“I've long called for an inquiry into Orgreave. People in the coalfield areas have been waiting 32 years for the truth of what happened at Orgreave and many people feel very angry and upset at this decision to hold no inquiry at all.
95 miners were charged, many were held in prison on remand and their families were put through a miserable ordeal, based on charges and evidence that then collapsed. Recent information has emerged, including in the Hillsborough inquests that adds to the case for an inquiry as there are still so many unanswered questions about the way police behaved and why it happened.
The Government has supported the work of the Hillsborough panel and a series of independent inquiries in cases where injustice was suspected - including the Daniel Morgan independent panel, the Ellison Review and inquiry into undercover policing linked to the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse. That is why this decision not to hold an inquiry of any kind into Orgreave is so troubling.
The coalfield communities want a commitment to truth and justice for the people of Orgreave.