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Tory Group Slammed For Organising Dinner At Former Mine

The National Coal Mining museum

Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton Conservative Association want to have their annual get-together at the National Coal Mining museum.

A miners group have slammed a move by a Conservative group in Dewsbury to hold an annual party at the National Coal Mining museum near Wakefield.

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) say they were 'devastated to find out' that the Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton Conservative Association have booked their dinner there.

The dinner, booked for March 10th, would be just two days after the anniversary of the return to work at the end of the Miners’ Strike in 1985.

In a statement, they say: "We feel this choice of venue is provocative and insensitive."

OTJC Chair, Joe Rollin said: "This booking is a blatant act of hard hearted disrespect for Miners and our communities. We hope that the NCMM will respond positively to the many requests to cancel this booking and make a principled decision to not allow this Tory dinner to go ahead at this venue"

The NCMM say the dinner will go ahead. The OTJC say they now plan on organising a picket or demonstration at the event to show their opposition.

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