Review of Miners’ strikes convictions urged

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TWO Labour politicians have called for an investigation into the con­victions of almost 500 miners during the pit strikes in the 1980s.

Neil Findlay, MSP for the Lothians, and Midlothian MP David Hamilton have written to justice secretary Kenny Mac­Askill calling for a review.

Mr Hamilton, a former miner who spent two months behind bars during the 1984-85 strike before being cleared, said: “After 28 years, wouldn’t it be the decent thing to do to acknowledge the role that the police and courts played as a willing instrument of a Tory government hell-bent on destroying our communities.”