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Women, the Miners' Strike & the Media

When

Thursday 22 November 2018

19.00-22.00

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Where

Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate (Next to the Chinese Arch) , Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Details

This public meeting explores media coverage of the Miners' Strike, the role of women in the strike and afterwards, and the call for a public inquiry into the policing at Orgreave on June 18, 1984.

In October 1992 the Conservative government announced the closure of 31 pits with the loss of 31,000 jobs. This prompted Women Against Pit Closures (WAPC) to organise seven camps, one of which was at Vane tempest in Seaham, County Durham. The Vigil: The Vane Tempest Colliery Pit Camp published earlier this year by WAPC is a vivid reminder of that time.

Speakers:

Nick Jones: former BBC political and Industry correspondent who covered the strike and has published several books about British politics and political and media manipulation.

Dr Carol Stephenson: of Northumbria University and Jean Spence of Durham University, who have researched and published on gender, communuty and political activism with a particulkar focus on the miners' strike and its legacy in the North East.

Kate Flannery:  Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign secretary who has been at the forefront of the demand for a public inquiry and helped to turn a grassroots campaign into Labour Party policy.

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Further details and contact information

CPBF(North) & NUJ Newcastle Branch