Pete Wilcox makes a credible offer

untitledIt is very encouraging that the relatively recently appointed Bishop of Sheffield is challenging the current Home Secretary and calling for a public review into the impact of the attack on Miners in 1984 in Orgreave. Pete Wilcox has already offered to set up an Independent Inquiry Panel to investigate what happened at Orgreave but now that has been rejected by Sajid Javid he is understandably calling for a Review. The last home secretary Amber Rudd announced in October 2016 there would be no inquiry or independent review but understandably the campaign has continued as the people who live in that area want their voices heard and their experiences explained. Even Police Officers who took part in the attack on miners in 1984, many of who are now retired agree that the ‘public’ records need to be opened and made public. A year before Pete Wilcox was appointed as Bishop of Sheffield Amber Rudd made her statement. However he was then working as Dean of Liverpool Cathedral and in Liverpool there are strong connections to Orgreave, and following the public response to Hillsborough after nearly 30 years, it is vital to continue the focus on the actions of Yorkshire Police of 35 years ago. The same government that enabled Hillsborough to be covered over were the agents who called the Police to destroy communities five years earlier and their actions need to be brought to account.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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