VIDEO: Government considered state of emergency during miners’ strike

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Ministers considered declaring a state of emergency and using the army to transport coal during the bitter miners’ strike of, 1984, new papers have revealed.

The documents, released under the 30-year-rule, show that the outcome of the bitter dispute that saw the Notts coalfield as one of the main battlegrounds, was by no means certain.

MINERS STRIKE May 1st 1984
Miners march to the Nottingam area N.U.M. H.Q. Mansfield

MINERS STRIKE May 1st 1984 Miners march to the Nottingam area N.U.M. H.Q. Mansfield

Here archives expert Mark Dunton, talks about what the new papers reveal.

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