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Owen Smith MP - Stop your cynical exploitation of the miners' strike

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Now that Owen Smith MP has decided to run for the leadership of the Labour Party, he is very concerned to emphasise his political affiliations with the miners' strike.

"Coming from a mining town I know we need an urgent independent Hillsborough style inquiry to secure Orgreave justice", he tweeted on 20th July 2016.

"I grew up in South Wales during the miners' strike. That's when I came alive politically" he wrote to me and other members and supporters of the Labour Party on 26th July 2016.

The media report his call for a full public enquiry into the 1984 "Battle of Orgreave" at Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Park today.

Jeremy Corbyn among many other MPs signed an Early Day Motion on 15th June 2015 calling for a public enquiry into the policing of Orgreave and the miner's strike. Where was Owen Smith?

Jeremy Corbyn among many other cross-party MPs signed a letter to the Home Secretary in May 2016 calling for a public enquiry into Orgreave. Where was Owen Smith?

Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has never received support from Owen Smith MP before today.

So much for Smith's political awareness and concern for truth and justice for the striking miners and their families.

Smith's attempt to exploit one of the most tragic and memorable events of Labour and working class history for his immediate political purposes is sickening and contemptible. Stop it now.





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