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Notice of Motion given by Councillor Chris Peace

That this Council:

 

(a)       has previously put on record its call for a full public inquiry into the actions of the police at the Orgreave coking plant on 18th June 1984 during the miners’ strike of 1984-85;

 

(b)       along with ex miners, their families, campaigners from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, and the people of Sheffield, has waited patiently for nearly two and a half years for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to complete their “scoping” exercise, investigating whether to investigate the actions of the police on that day;

 

(c)        is disappointed that the IPCC announced on Friday 12th June 2015 that despite there being findings that police officers did use excessive force against picketing miners, manipulated evidence and lied in court when giving evidence, they would not be conducting an investigation into what has become known as the “Battle of Orgreave”;

 

(d)       notes that the IPCC cited the passage of time and the fact that there had been no miscarriages of justice in the form of wrongful convictions, as reasons not to investigate;

 

(e)       believes that the issue of Orgreave is of national importance and particular local importance to our local community here in Sheffield, many members of which were directly affected in 1984 and beyond, and that a full investigation into the military style policing used on that day is now long overdue and only a full public inquiry can fully investigate this; and

 

(f)        therefore calls on the Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, to order a full public inquiry into the deployment and actions of the police at Orgreave on 18th June 1984.

Minutes:

 

Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

 

 

 

RESOLVED: On the Motion of Councillor Chris Peace, seconded by Councillor Terry Fox, that this Council:-

 

 

 

(a)   has previously put on record its call for a full public inquiry into the actions of the police at the Orgreave coking plant on 18th June 1984 during the miners’ strike of 1984-85.

 

(b)   Along with ex miners, their families, campaigners from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, the people of Sheffield, has waited patiently for nearly 2 and half years for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to complete their “scoping” exercise, investigating whether to investigate the actions of the police on that day.

 

(c)    is disappointed that the IPCC announced on Friday 12th June 2015 that despite there being findings that police officers did use excessive force against picketing miners, manipulated evidence and lied in court when giving evidence, they would not be conducting an investigation into what has become known as the “Battle of Orgreave”.

 

(d)   notes that the IPCC cited the passage of time and the fact that there had been no miscarriages of justice in the form of wrongful convictions as reasons not to investigate.

 

(e)   believes that the issue of Orgreave is of national importance and particular local importance to our local community here in Sheffield, many members of which were directly affected in 1984 and beyond. A full investigation into the military style policing used on that day is now long overdue and only a full public inquiry can fully investigate this; and

 

(f)    therefore calls on the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to order a full public inquiry into the deployment and actions of the police on 18th June 1984. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The votes on the Motion were ordered to be recorded and were as follows:

 

 

 

 

For the Motion (57)

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The Lord Mayor (Councillor Talib Hussain), The Deputy Lord Mayor (Councillor Denise Fox) and Councillors Julie Dore, Mike Drabble, Jack Scott, Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Chris Rosling-Josephs, Ian Saunders, Bryan Lodge, Karen McGowan, Jayne Dunn, Aodan Marken, Brian Webster, Jackie Drayton, Ibrar Hussain, Lewis Dagnall, Robert Murphy, Sarah Jane Smalley, Anne Murphy, Geoff Smith, Diane Hurst, Mazher Iqbal, Mary Lea, Steve Wilson, Sheila Constance, Alan Law, Garry Weatherall, Steve Jones, Cate McDonald, Chris Peace, Bob Johnson, George Lindars-Hammond, Josie Paszek, Jenny Armstrong, Terry Fox, Pat Midgley, David Barker, Tony Downing, Nasima Akther, Nikki Bond, Mohammad Maroof, Lynn Rooney, Paul Wood, Peter Price, Sioned-Mair Richards, Leigh Bramall, Tony Damms, Gill Furniss, Richard Crowther, Olivia Blake, Ben Curran, Neale Gibson, Adam Hurst, Zoe Sykes, Mick Rooney, Jackie Satur and Ray Satur.

 

 

 

 

 

Against the Motion (0)

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Nil.

 

 

 

 

 

Abstained the Motion (19)

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Councillors Richard Shaw, Rob Frost, Joe Otten, Colin Ross, Martin Smith, Pauline Andrews, Roger Davison, Sue Alston, Andrew Sangar, Cliff Woodcraft, Ian Auckland, Steve Ayris, Denise Reaney, David Baker, Katie Condliffe and Vickie Priestley, Jack Clarkson, Keith Davis and John Booker.