The only surprise is that it has been revealed in our lifetime, a fact only due to the tireless efforts of the Hillsborough campaign for justice, which highlighted the establishments successful attempts to hide the truth of what really happened to 96 innocent Liverpool supporters killed at Hillsborough on 15th April 1989
During the Miners strike 11,291 people were arrested, of whom 8,392 were charged, we now know many of those charged were totally innocent.
So it was that a "middle of the road" union like COHSE would play a critical role in ensuring, that to the surprise of Neil Kinnock and Labour Party apparatchiks a resolution at the October 1985 Labour Party conference was carried calling for a future Labour Government to investigate the jailing of miners and a full scale amnesty.
The Labour Party leadership were sure of victory so it was to their great shock to find that the decisive vote in favour was cast by COHSE.
To COHSE's great pride and the Labour Party leadership's shock.
Unfortunately many convicted and framed miners lost their pensions and employment, many died not knowing that their innocence would one day be revealed.