Campaigners seeking justice for miners arrested during the Battle of Orgreave have pledged to continue fighting for a public inquiry, 31 years on.
The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has vowed to push for an inquiry in the wake of the Independent Police Complaints Commission decision not to further investigate alleged police misconduct in the arrest of 96 miners strike pickets on July 18, 1984.
Campaign secretary Barbara Jackson was one of about 100 people who returned to the site of the former Orgreave coking plant last night to rally support.
She said: “One of the most important things is continuing the fight in the next generation. I am really keen for young people to come forward and feel this campaign can be their campaign, their history, their memory and it can be their future as well.
“I always believed the IPCC would say they wouldn’t investigate, that they would say it’s too big, it’s too old, it would cost too much.
“It offers the campaign lots of ways forward. Several times it says in the report about a full public enquiry.
“It’s given us a new breath of life. Unexpectedly the IPCC has energised us all.
“I feel more strongly now that a full public enquiry might be a reality. But I’m under no illusions that these things are easy to talk about, they are harder to deliver on. That is the job the campaign has to do: keep that pressure on.”
Several MPs have thrown their weight behind the campaign. Labour’s Helen Jones said there was ‘deep concern’ over the IPCC’s decision.
She told Parliament: “These events have ensured a denial of justice to those people involved at Orgreave. They also call into question whether the IPCC is fit for purpose.”