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Sacked Miners (Reinstatement)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th February 1988.

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Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Vice-Chair, Labour Party 12:00 am, 15th February 1988

Is the Minister aware that it is now nearly three years since the end of the strike and that more than 200 miners are still victimised—sacked—because of the fight that they put up in the 1984–85 strike? Is he aware of the famous quotation from Shakepeare's "The Merchant of Venice": The quality of mercy is not strain'd; It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven"? Some of that gentle rain dropped on his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy when he was out in the wilderness and he got his job back. Why does the Front Bench not do some negotiating to get these 200 miners their jobs back?