Bassetlaw MP John Mann has said that the Home Secretary Amber Rudd has made the wrong decision by refusing to launch an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.
The decision today by the Home Secretary not to launch a new inquiry comes months after the Prime Minister in her role as the then Home Secretary said she believed a new inquiry was needed to investigate the events that took place at Orgreave Coking Plant in 1984.
John Mann MP said “Amber Rudd has made the wrong decision today and has chosen to look after the senior leadership of South Yorkshire Police rather than the miners who were badly beaten.”
John Mann continued “The people affected by the events on that day should have been given a chance to put their side of the story and ask the questions why the Police behaved in the way that they did.”
“The Home Secretary has missed a chance to stand up for the people who were let down by South Yorkshire Police. For many years I’ve called for the senior leadership of South Yorkshire Police to answer for the way they behaved during the 1980s and this is another area that must not be whitewashed away.”