MPs discuss ‘economic legacy’ of South Yorkshire pit closures

Michael Dugher
Michael Dugher

A vote in the House of Commons will call on MPs to recognise the ‘economic legacy’ of closing pits in coalfield areas.

The Labour party’s motion also asks that MPs acknowledge the recent release of the 1984 Cabinet papers showed the Government at that time ‘misled the public about the extent of its pit closure plans and sought to influence police tactics’.

It calls for backing of continued regeneration in the communities affected, such as those in South Yorkshire.

Barnsley MP Michael Dugher, shadow minister for the cabinet office, said the debate was too late for miners and their families but a ‘sense of injustice endures’ today.

He added: “This will be a historic debate and vote in the House of Commons.

“It is now only right that Parliament recognises just how badly ministers at the time treated the coalfield communities and acknowledges the full scale of the economic legacy of the pit closure programme.

“The challenges that remain in the coalfield areas in Yorkshire are huge.”

Mr Dugher also said the party was still pushing for a ‘proper investigation’ into the Battle of Orgreave in 1984.

The opposition day debate will take place on October 28.