Hain Slams ‘Thatcher Conspiracy To Hammer Miners’

Margaret Thatcher’s Government was guilty of a conspiracy to ‘hammer’ striking miners in the yearlong 1984-85 strike claimed Neath MP Peter Hain.

‘Cabinet papers recently made public under the 30 year rule prove that Thatcher used the full might of the state to attack the miners and their families,’ Mr Hain said after a debate in the House of Commons today.

‘Her strategy was to criminalise the miners using every trick in the book.  Miners driving to support fellow strikers had their car keys taken from them.

‘A coach hired by miners in Neath did not turn up after police told the coach company miners could not hire it.

‘Road blocks in Nottinghamshire alone led to 160,000 miners’ pickets stopped in first seven months of strike in clear breach of the law.’

He continued: ‘The miners and their families – especially the women support groups – worked heroically but they could not win against such a brutal government. It’s legacy haunts us today: proud and strong coalfield communities destroyed, robbed of jobs with no investment to create new ones.’


Read Peter’s interventions in the debate here

In Neath Metropolitan Police Waved £50 Notes At Striking Miners

Mr Hain: Members of the Metropolitan police who had been bussed down to Neath waved £50 notes at striking miners. The Government should have the courage to apologise now for the dastardly practice of criminalising the miners.

Ian Lavery: I fully agree with that, but, speaking for myself, I will not accept any apologies. I prefer to see those on the Tory Benches, the Government of the day, as the enemy within: it was not the miners but the Tories who were the real enemy within. We have three pits left. Let us get off our backsides and ensure, as soon as we possibly can, that they continue to operate, funded by state aid. Let us keep those pits working.

Visteon Pensioners


Peter with Visteon pensioners in Parliament celebrating their long but victorious campaign to persuade Ford to honour their obligations instead of reneging on these and robbing the pensioners of their rights.

Tributes Paid To ‘Man Of The Community’

Neath MP Peter Hain has led the tributes to former Cadoxton County Borough Councillor, Valdo Funning who passed away on Wednesday.

Mr Funning had been unwell for some time but speaking after hearing the sad news Mr Hain said, ‘Valdo was a man of the community, a greatly respected and long serving Community Councillor on Blaenhonddan, Neath Borough Councillor and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Councillor.

‘He was a stalwart of the Labour Party, who will be fondly remembered for his dedication to the community, his extensive knowledge and of course his wit. He will be sorely missed.’

We Must Get More Young People to Engage

Peter Hain MP has today written to comprehensive schools across the Neath Constituency, urging them to join the Make Your Mark campaign.

Ahead of the Youth Parliament in November, the veteran politician and former Leader of the House of Commons has contacted schools asking them to raise awareness of the Youth Parliament initiative.

It is all part of a campaign which aims to increase political engagement with young voters.

Mr Hain said, “after the Scottish referendum we saw immense political engagement from young people which was hugely encouraging.”

“Traditionally politics has been seen as primarily for the middle-aged and elderly to the detriment of the young, I hope with this campaign we can challenge that and re-energise young people to take part in politics.”

The Youth Parliament is an event exclusively for those aged 11-18. They can vote on the five issues which matter to them most, these will then be debated by Youth Members of Parliament in November.

For more information visit www.youthparliament.org.uk


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