Amber Rudd argues that, as no-one died and there were no convictions then Orgreave does not merit any Inquiry. These are entirely novel criteria, newly created by this Government. Its immediate predecessor initiated the lengthy Leveson Inquiry whose importance was not diminished by the same absence of deaths and convictions. That there were no convictions arising from Orgreave is simply owing to the fact that the criminal trial against the picketing miners collapsed, some of them charged with riot which could carry a life sentence. This Government objection to an Inquiry is entirely spurious.
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