Wales politics

Miners and gay activists reunite for strike anniversary

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Image caption The film Pride is based on support for the Dulais Valley miners from a London-based gay rights group

A Welsh miners' support group is to reunite with gay rights campaigners who formed an alliance with pit workers during the 1984-85 miners' strike.

The revived Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners' Support Group will get back together with the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners group.

Their activities inspired last year's Bafta award-winning film Pride.

The re-union, at Onllwyn Miners' Welfare Hall on 14 March, marks the 30th anniversary of the dispute's end.

Swansea East Labour MP Sian James, who said joining the miners' support group as a young mother sparked off her political career, will be secretary of the revived organisation.

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Media captionMP Sian James says she wants to rekindle grassroots activism

"The evening will be an opportunity to bring together those who supported us during the strike of 1984/1985 and celebrate the solidarity and achievements of the support group during this period of our local history," she said.

Ms James - who is stepping down from Parliament in May - told BBC Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement programme she and fellow retiring Labour MP Hywel Francis wanted to revive the group to share their experience of "grassroots political activism".

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