Iain welcomes publication of miners’ strike pardon consultation paper

Iain Gray MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s publication of a consultation paper on the development of a pardon scheme for men convicted of certain offences during the 1984/1985 miners’ strike.

An independent review into the impact of policing on communities during the strike, led by John Scott QC, recommended that the Scottish Government should introduce legislation to pardon miners convicted for certain matters related to the strike, subject to establishing suitable criteria.

Commenting, Iain Gray MSP said:

“I warmly welcome the publication of this consultation paper. It will inform the details of the scheme of pardon to be applied and I would encourage anyone in East Lothian with an interest in this issue to submit their views.

“You don’t have to have a conviction or have been involved with the strike to respond. Please take a few minutes to give your views and help with the delivery of at least some degree of justice for those who have carried the weight of a conviction for so long.”

The consultation can be read and responses made on the Citizen Space website until 4th June.