Thatcher government broke up communities

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Former Batley and Spen MP Elizabeth Peacock’s claim that “Press distorted Thatcher’s papers” in last week’s edition is oncorrect.

What the papers from 1984 reveal is that Arthur Scargill and the National Union of Mine Workers were right to claim there was a “secret hit list” of more than 70 pits marked for closure.

The Tory government and National Coal Board denied this at the time.

Behind closed doors, however, they were planning to cut 64,000 jobs in the mining industry.

Thatcher and her government broke up families and communities.

What they did was unbelievable.

JOHN APPLEYARD

Firthcliffe Parade

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