Former MP: ‘press distorted Thatcher papers’

Former Batley and Spen MP Elizabeth Peacock. (D535A346)

Former Batley and Spen MP Elizabeth Peacock. (D535A346)

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A former MP has spoken of Margaret Thatcher’s concerns for the families of working miners at the height of the pit strikes.

Former Batley and Spen Conservative MP Elizabeth Peacock, who served under the Iron Lady, said it was a difficult time and criticised the press for sensationalising the 1984 cabinet papers released to the National Archives this month.

Pickets trying to block a road during the miners'strike
Pickets trying to block a road during the miners'strike

The papers have revealed that Mrs Thatcher was secretly preparing to use troops and declare a state of emergency at the height of miners’ strike, fearing Britain would run out of food and grind to a halt.

 

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