A camera crew films a scuffle between police and miners at a demonstration at Orgreave Colliery, South Yorkshire, during the miner's strike, 1984
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Archives reveal pits closure plan

Newly released cabinet papers have revealed Margaret Thatcher's government considered sending in army troops at the height of the miners' strike in 1984.

They also show mineworkers' union leader Arthur Scargill may have been right to claim there was a "secret hit-list" of more than 70 pits marked for closure.

Other papers from 1984 reveal warnings of violence outside the Libyan embassy, in which WPC Yvonne Fletcher was killed.

Ben Ando reports.

  • 03 Jan 2014
  • From the section UK
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