Miners’ strike policing review announces public engagement events



John Scott QC

The independent review on the impact of policing on affected communities in Scotland during the miners’ strike, led by John Scott QC, has announced details of events which will be held across Scotland to hear from those directly affected by the dispute.

These engagement events are being held between 6pm and 9pm at the following locations. Doors will open at 5.30pm.

Tuesday      

9 October    

Alloa Townhall, Mars Hill, Alloa FK10 1AB

Friday

12 October         

Cumnock Townhall, 62 Glaisnock St, Cumnock KA18 1BY

Tuesday      

20 November      

Lochgelly Centre, Bank St, Lochgelly KY5 9RD

Wednesday

21 November

National Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Dalkeith EH22 4QN

Members of the public are invited to share their experiences with Mr Scott and members of his advisory panel, which comprises Dennis Canavan (former MP and MSP), Jim Murdoch (professor of public law at the University of Glasgow) and Kate Thomson (former assistant chief constable). There is no need to book a place in advance: members of the public are invited simply to come along on the night.

The evidence gathered will help inform the report and any recommendations made by the Group to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice. The public events are running alongside the wider call for evidence, which was announced on 3 September and is open until 30 November.

Mr Scott said: “If you were a miner, part of a mining community, a police officer or in some other way affected by, or involved in, the strike, I am really interested to hear about your experiences.

“If you can, please join us at one of these events, or respond to our call for evidence.”