Scottish miners convicted during strike to be pardoned

Scottish miners convicted during strike to be pardoned

10/28/2021 4:03:00 PM

Scottish miners convicted during strike to be pardoned

The Scottish government says the legislation will go 'some way' to heal wounds in mining communities.

About 1,400 miners were arrested and more than 500 were convicted during the strikeA new bill to pardon miners convicted of offences relating to the strike action in the 1980s has been published by the Scottish government.Justice Secretary Keith Brown said the legislation would go "some way" to aid reconciliation and to help heal wounds in mining communities.

Sappy ending: Canada digs deep into strategic reserves to cover maple syrup shortage Malala Yousafzai graduates from Oxford University WHO 'bowed to China' by skipping letter when naming new Covid variant

About 1,400 miners were arrested and more than 500 were convicted during the national dispute.The pardon will also apply to miners who have died since the 1984-85 strike.The Miners' Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill follows an independent review into the impact of policing on Scottish communities during the strike.

The review, led by human rights lawyer John Scott QC, recommended that the Scottish government introduced legislation to pardon miners convicted of certain offences, such as breach of the peace.The decades-old feud that still divides communitiesMr Brown said the miners' strike had been one of the "most bitter and divisive industrial disputes in living memory". headtopics.com

"This new draft legislation will go some way to aid reconciliation - and to help heal wounds within Scotland's mining communities," he said."A collective pardon will restore dignity to those convicted, provide comfort to their families and, I hope, will bring closure to the sense of injustice members of mining communities may feel.

"I am determined to make swift progress on this matter, given the passage of time since 1984-85, which is why we have acted quickly to bring forward and publish this landmark new bill."'Excessive and extreme'However, former miner George Purcell, who was arrested at Bilston Glen Colliery in Midlothian during the strike, said the new legislation was a "token gesture".

"It [the pardon] maybe resolves one of the injustices that were laid against the miners, but it doesn't involve the financial loss - the major injustice that was put against miners that weren't reinstated," he said.Mr Purcell was dismissed from his job after being convicted of breach of the peace and told

BBC Radio Scotland's Lunchtime Live programmehe had missed out on five years' of work and compensation when the colliery finally closed."We were involved in an industrial dispute to try and protect our communities and save jobs. We didn't think that the whole of the state machinery would be put against us," he said. headtopics.com

NY Gov Kathy Hochul declares state of emergency amid new COVID variant Ride on, baby: NZ politician cycles to hospital to give birth – for the second time British vaccine could give strong protection against new Covid strain

"When you think of a minor offence like breach of the peace over 37 years ago. Fined £400 and barred from going near the colliery... that was excessive and extreme."Image source,Getty ImagesImage caption,George Purcell, pictured at Bilston Colliery in 1972, said the pardon amounted to a "token gesture" from the Scottish government

The bill will not cast doubt on decisions made by courts at the time and does not quash convictions.Millions of people protested against pit closures during the industrial dispute with Margaret Thatcher's government.Throughout the summer of 1984 there were violent clashes between striking miners and police, whose numbers often ran into several hundred at each confrontation.

Violence led to widespread use of the breach of the peace charge.The review found that most of the miners' actions would be unlikely to result in prosecution today. Read more: BBC News (UK) »

Boris Johnson backs ban on MPs' lobbying work in wake of Westminster sleaze row

Boris Johnson has set out plans to ban MPs from working as paid political consultants or lobbyists in the wake of Westminster's sleaze row.

About time, they were striking for the right to keep their jobs. The Scottish government over turning English enforced law. Good. Westminster unionists have no place interfering with Scots law. Bit late as dozens of my fellow Miners at Polmaise Colliery lost their jobs and pension for being convicted

Electrician describes moment he held dying Halyna Hutchins in his armsSerge Svetnoy was standing next to the cinematographer when she was struck during rehearsals as Baldwin practiced drawing the weapon in a church pew. For all those who are new to this working from home Bitcoin trading options Here's a little tip: Get a trusted Bitcoin expert and stick to him ArnoldHarry38 Invest and play at similar times each day. Because : In times of chaos, your investment is your anchor to success⚖️ I wasn't working on that film or anywhere. Penn called me 'unemployable' in 2003 and I wound up on disability. I type 100wpm. Whenever I see a workplace disaster I think of that. Had I seen a problem I'd have called the cops but no one hires snitches do they? alecbaldwin

Electrician describes moment he held dying Halyna Hutchins in his armsSerge Svetnoy was standing next to the cinematographer when she was struck during rehearsals as Baldwin practiced drawing the weapon in a church pew. He must go to prison for his negligence UCCORDYNG 2 AN UTTERNY VWYTH COWZSTA MEZSA LAWW “NEGLYGUN’T HAWMYZSYDE CUW’D B GHARG’D 2 ALEK BAWLDVWYN“ 🕵️

Electrician describes moment he held dying Halyna Hutchins in his armsSerge Svetnoy was standing next to the cinematographer when she was struck during rehearsals as Alec Baldwin practiced drawing the weapon in a church pew. Baldwin HAS to be charged with first degree murder and go to trial. Enough !!!!!!

Afghan family flee violence for new life in ScotlandThe family includes two sisters who worked in Afghanistan for a Scottish charity. Grrr 😠 send them home Seem the charities only fund them to come here; which also seems human trafficking; to then expect us to support them for life. What seems odd; they have no economy yet worked for us for 20 years. Guess if they had stayed they would be rich. Maybe just stupid charities. Enjoy.

Widnes baby death: Father guilty of son's murderFather of Widnes baby boy who died after suffering 'horrific' head injuries found guilty of his murder Robert Ion 🕊 😮 And people say there is not a need for a guatanamo bay installation....

Scottish Power profits drop amid soaring wholesale gas pricesChief executive says crisis is ‘stark reminder of why we have to decarbonise energy sector’ But they are still making profits.