'UKIP stance on Orgreave is anti-miners' - Bethan Jenkins

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Plaid Cymru calls for release of any Welsh Orgreave in formation

Voters in the Valleys should be under no illusions about the nature of UKIP, according to Plaid Cymru.

UKIP Assembly Member Gareth Bennett, elected to represent the South Wales Central region, spoke against calls in the National Assembly for an inquiry into the behaviour of the UK state during the ‘battle of Orgreave’ in 1984.

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Valleys Minister, Bethan Jenkins condemned UKIP’s stance as anti-miner and anti-valleys, stating that it showed that UKIP doesn’t care about representing voters from Wales’ industrial communities.

Shadow Economy Minister Adam Price, whose father was at Orgreave showing solidarity to striking miners, also called for the Welsh Government to work with Wales’ four Police and Crime Commissioners to release any relevant information on Orgreave. Two of the four Welsh Police Commissioners represent Plaid Cymru.

Bethan Jenkins AM commented:

“Let voters in the valleys be under no illusions about the nature of UKIP. The comments of one of their Assembly Members revealed an anti-valleys and anti-miner stance, speaking out against an issue that is close to the hearts of many of us who grew up or live in mining communities.

“UKIP Assembly Members were elected to ‘shake up the establishment’. Instead of doing that, UKIP today sided with the establishment. They spoke against justice for the miners’, and decided not to represent those people from industrial communities who previously voted for them.

“The nature of UKIP in the valleys must be firmly exposed by their refusal to support an Orgreave inquiry. They are a party which does not support working class Welsh people, but will side with the Conservatives in Westminster at any opportunity.”

Adam Price AM added:

“Plaid Cymru, in contrast to UKIP, is working to achieve justice for our people. In May we won half of the Police Commissioner seats in Wales. I am calling on the Welsh Government to work with the four Police Commissioners in order to gather and if necessary release relevant information relating to Orgreave and the entrapment and incitement of striking miners which took place.

“This would demonstrate an alternative to the establishment politics of UKIP and the Conservatives, and would show that we in Wales can use what powers we have to expose the injustices of Westminster.”

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