Independent review of policing during miner’s strike

Wednesday October 3rd 2018

Independent Review of Policing During Miner's Strike

The Independent Review on the impact of policing on affected communities in Scotland during the miners’ strike, led by John Scott QC Solicitor Advocate, has announced details of events which will be held across Scotland to hear from those directly affected by the dispute.

There is an engagement events at the National Mining Museum, between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 21st November

Members of the public are invited to share their experiences with John Scott and members of his Advisory Panel, which comprises Dennis Canavan (former MP and MSP), Jim Murdoch (Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow) and Kate Thomson (former Assistant Chief Constable). There is no need to book a place in advance and members of the public are invited simply to come along on the night.

The evidence gathered will help inform the report and any recommendations made by the Group to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice. The public events are running alongside the wider call for evidence, which was announced on 3 September and is open until 30 November.

John Scott QC, who leads the Independent Review, said:

“If you were a miner, part of a mining community, a police officer or in some other way affected by, or involved in, the strike, I am really interested to hear about your experiences. If you can, please join us at one of these events, or respond to our call for evidence.”

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley is urging those affected to attend and have their say. Ms Rowley said

“The suffering that was inflicted upon mining communities like ours can never be reversed, but at the very least the miners and their families deserve liberation through truth.

“Questions regarding police tactics during the strike must be answered.

“I urge anyone affected to attend this event or to submit their evidence to the review to make their voice heard.”

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