Consultation launched on plans to pardon miners convicted in 1984 strike

The Scottish Government is consulting on the detail of plans to pardon miners convicted of certain offences during the 1984-85 strike.

By Allan Crow
Friday, 12th March 2021, 6:10 pm
Members of the NUM miners' union picket line clash with police outside Bilston Glen  in June 1984
Members of the NUM miners' union picket line clash with police outside Bilston Glen in June 1984

An independent review into the impact of policing on communities during the strike, led by John Scott QC, recommended that it should introduce legislation to pardon miners convicted for certain matters related to the industrial action.

Now, Humza Yousaf Justice Secretary, has launched a consultation seeking views on the qualifying criteria for a pardon.

He said: “I am determined to make swift progress on this matter, given the passage of time since 1984-85.

“That is why we have acted quickly to publish this consultation now.

“The consultation paper sets out potential criteria – based on the criteria suggested in the independent report – and asks for views. It is important that we have a rationale for the qualifying criteria which is well-thought through and informed by a range of views. That is why I encourage anyone with an interest in these important events to take this opportunity to have a say. The responses to the consultation will help shape the legislation that will implement the pardon.

“The miners’ strike was one of the most bitter and divisive industrial disputes in living memory and I hope that the independent review, this consultation and the legislation for a pardon will go some way to aid reconciliation – and to help heal wounds within Scotland’s mining communities.

“I have again written to the Home Secretary Priti Patel renewing the call for her to instruct a full UK public inquiry into the policing of the strike.”

The consultation, which runs until 4 June, is on

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