Do you remember the miners’ strike?

Friday June 24th 2022


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Owen Thompson MP is leading a debate next Wednesday June 29th on the potential merits of a UK wide inquiry into the miners strikes in 1984-85. He is asking Midlothian constituents who were involved or remember the dispute to get in touch, to help inform the debate.

The Midlothian MP said

“It was a relief to see the Miners’ Pardon bill pass into law in Scotland this month. This landmark legislation has been warmly welcomed by families in Midlothian affected by the miner’s strike. It will finally remove the stigma of unfair convictions from miners and their families who were simply trying to save jobs and protect our communities during the most bitter industrial disputes in living memory.

“The next step is for the UK Government to look at a UK wide inquiry into what happened during the 1984-85 strikes and I have called a debate to discuss this. An inquiry would offer an opportunity for miners to have their stories told and finally begin to answer the questions about possible political interference in policing at the picket lines. I believe this would help bring much needed closure on this divisive chapter in our history, begin reconciliation in the communities and heal the wounds which remain raw for so many families.

“I would welcome recollections from Midlothian families about the strikes here, to help inform the debate. All Midlothian based ex-miners, their families or anyone that has memories of what happened at this time, please do get in touch and let me know your experiences. I will make sure real stories from Midlothian are aired in the parliament during the debate.”

Email your recollections from the time to

The debate “Potential merits of a UK-wide inquiry into the Miners’ Strike of 1984-85” takes place from 4.30-5.30pm in Westminster Hall on Wednesday June 29.

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