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1 November 2016, 14:03
David Mellor defended the government's role in the 'Battle of Orgreave' saying the administration was right to crack down on the striking miners.
David was a Home Office minister at the time and gave his vivid account of the incident to LBC's Shelagh Fogarty.
He maintains that the government was right to crack down on the striking miners, who he says were 'trying to stop the business of the country.'
He explained that the coking plant was part in a supply chain that kept many people in employment.
“I’m not here to defend either the argumentation of Amber Rudd use nor the fact that the Home Office under her predecessor, now the Prime Minister rather led these people on to think they were sympathetic.”
“The government who I was proud to be a member of, had a perfect right to try and keep the business of this country going."
“The way to keep the business of the country going was to prevent unlawful and violent action by striking miners from stopping the work of the country going forward.”