The decision by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) not to investigate allegations of misconduct against the South Yorkshire Police Force in relation to the events which took place at the Orgreave Coking plant in June 1984 is a slap in the face to the communities who have campaigned tirelessly for an investigation.
Such an investigation would shine a light on the extremely serious allegations of wrongdoing against the SYP including perjury, perverting the course of justice, misconduct in a public office, and whether the actions of the police were influenced by the highest levels of government. All of which the IPCC has concluded there is evidence of.
The decision not to investigate is an abdication of responsibility and clear indication that the IPCC is simply not up to the task.
I have today called on the Government to set up a full public inquiry to consider allegations of misconduct by SYP and to establish whether there is evidence of systemic failings or conspiracy to deceive the public and the courts.
I have also asked whether the Home Secretary will urgently meet with those affected, myself and representatives of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.
Given the IPCC have abdicated responsibility, it is clear only a full public inquiry will unearth the truth into the actions of the South Yorkshire Police Force in June 1984.