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Extra five million litres of water taken from River Exe to fight Exeter fire

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An extra five million litres of water was taken from the River Exe because of the fire in Cathedral Green.

The figure was released by South West Water in an update explaining how the water network coped with pressure on supplies during the operation to tackle the blaze on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The fire service set up a high volume pumping station on Exeter Quay to ensure a continuous supply to the firefighting operation.

South West Water said the extra water extracted was treated at Pynes Water Treatment Works and stored in tanks at Danes Hill Service Reservoir.

A view of the fire site on Monday from an aerial ladder platform

After it had been used to fight the fire, the water was collected in the sewers and taken to Countess Wear Sewage Treatment Works, where it was cleaned, treated and returned to the River Exe near Topsham.

From Friday evening and over the weekend, staff were on hand to distribute free bottled water to those city centre residents who temporarily lost water supply.

The fire is believed to have started above Castle Fine Art in Cathedral Green, where room were being converted into apartments. Police reported the blaze to the Fire Service at 5.20am on Friday. It later spread to the Well House Tavern and the Royal Clarence Hotel.

South West Water said: “The water network is a pressurised system and large releases through fire hydrants can cause discolouration and bursts.

“Water quality was monitored during the incident and continued to meet all drinking water standards.”

Bob Taylor, Operations Director (Drinking Water Services) at South West Water, thanked staff and customers in Exeter, who were asked to reduce use to conserve supplies.

He said on Monday: “Echoing the feelings of many, there’s a profound sense of sadness across our offices and sites today following the fire. It was heartening to see the Exeter community pulling together to deal with this disaster.

“Water supplies are back to normal today and we would like to thank those city centre customers who restricted their water use while the firefighters battled the blaze.”

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Canadian Army Construction Exercise in Atlantic Canada helps 'Build' Soldiers' Skills

October 31, 2016 – Bathurst, N.B. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

A group of 500 Canadian Armed Forces personnel from 4 Engineering Support Regiment and 37 Canadian Brigade Group will conduct Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2016, a large-scale construction engineering exercise taking place in Bathurst, New Brunswick, from November 1 to 22.

Held annually, this exercise is conducted to give both Regular and Reserve Force members’ hands-on technical training, ensuring the Canadian Army is ready to deploy soldiers if called upon.

Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2016 training activities related to construction and engineering will take place in and around the Bathurst area, providing an opportunity for soldiers to be out in the community and show Canadians that they are Strong, Proud and Ready.

Participation in Exercise NIHILO SAPPER enhances the readiness of the Canadian Armed Forces to undertake missions at the direction of the Government of Canada.

Quotes

“Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 16 is a valuable training opportunity that allows Canadian Armed Forces Engineers to practice the skills required to establish infrastructure to support military operations in Canada and abroad. A team of professionals from across the Canadian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Canadian Joint Operations Command will be deploying to the Bathurst area where they will be completing a number of engineer projects, some of which will have a long-lasting impact on the local community.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Cotton, Commanding Officer, 4 Engineering Support Regiment

“Exercises like NIHILO SAPPER confirm our Military Engineers’ readiness to deploy when and where required. This specific exercise will also provide us with a unique opportunity to train with our colleagues from the Royal Canadian Navy and support our neighbours in the Greater Bathurst area.’’

Colonel Daniel MacIsaac, Commander, 5th Canadian Division Support Group

Quick Facts

  • Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2016 is an annual training event led by 4 Engineering Support Regiment, based out of 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown. Construction engineering exercises such as this allows the Canadian Army to maintain a high level of readiness for future commitments either at home or abroad.
  • During Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2016, participants will build a temporary 500-person camp south of Bathurst and participate in several construction and infrastructure upgrade projects within the community, including building a bridge that will be used by all-terrain vehicles, upgrading a trail, inspecting port facilities in the area, and conducting water purification operations and military training at a local mine site.
  • Canadian Military Engineers provide the tactical and technical expertise and skills to prepare camps, airfields, ports, utilities, and other facilities to receive and sustain operations that the Government of Canada chooses to employ domestically and internationally.

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Corporal Ben Wierdsma, 4 ESR, manoeuvres a steel girder that will support a small bridge in Rockwood Park, in St. John New Brunswick, on November 17, 2015, during Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2015.

Photo by WO Jerry Kean, 5 Canadian Division HQ Public Affairs

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For more information contact:

Captain Evelyne Lemire
Public Affairs Officer
5th Canadian Division Support Group Public Affairs
5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown
Phone: 506-422-3634
Mobile: 506-422-3634
E-mail: Evelyne.Lemire@forces.gc.ca

For more information on a media visit to Exercise NIHILO SAPPER contact:

Sub-Lieutenant Jamie Tobin
Public Affairs Officer, Exercise NIHILO SAPPER
Phone: 902-441-3209
Email: Jamie.Tobin@forces.gc.ca

Press Releases: Remarks at Seoul National University

Good morning. It’s wonderful to be here, and I really do thank you for turning out. I never took a class on a Friday afternoon—I tried never to take a class on a Friday period. So I’m really grateful. Professor Han, Professor Park, thank you so much for having us here today, for your generous hospitality and warm welcome. It is a pleasure to be—to meet what I know is an incredibly talented group of students and also to see firsthand South Korea’s first national university, which I have heard so much about over the years.

I understand that your spring graduating class included Master’s students from 11 countries, and indeed there are students from 47 countries here in this program. It’s a testament to the global reputation of the university, of the program, and indeed South Korea. When I’m looking out at this room at all of you, I have no doubt that among you are future Ministers, Ambassadors, maybe even Presidents and Prime Ministers. And then some of you will actually go into real gainful pursuits in your careers, as well.

I also want to thank my good friend, Ambassador Mark Lippert, who is no stranger to SNU. The Republic of Korea could not ask for a more talented, a more committed, a more sincere envoy from the American people. We’re grateful for his extraordinarily able leadership at this critical time in our relationship, and grateful, as well, that he’s come not just himself, but with family that has made a significant impact on South Korea and on our relationship.

Now, in a little over one week, some of you may have noticed this, Americans will go to the polls to elect a new president. This hasn’t gotten a lot of attention. We’ve been flying under the radar. Kept it low-key. But in fact, one of the great luxuries of my job I’m in now as a diplomat is I get to stay out of politics, which is very, very fortunate.

Instead, what I get to do is work with counterparts in countries around the world, including especially in this region, and, if I’m lucky, also meet with their young leaders, like yourselves. I’m especially eager, traveling around the world, to hear about you—your thoughts, your ideas, your plans, your venture, even your frustrations and failures, because that is part of this great evolution that you are going through as students and then entering into the workforce.

I was saying to the Dean, one of the striking things that I’ve found, going around the world, especially engaging with this rising generation, when I close my eyes, and forget a little bit about exactly where I am, the young people I tend to meet sound just like their brothers and sisters all over the world—the exact same energy, the same passion, the same anxieties, the same curiosity, the same eagerness to put their skills and education to work on humankind’s greatest challenges. That more than anything else gives me tremendous hope for the future.

Few places are more alike in this respect than the United States and South Korea, two of the most wired, most innovative, most resilient nations on the planet.

South Korea is a nation that has faced down war, faced down poverty, faced down political chaos, faced down division to emerge as an economic powerhouse, a vibrant democracy, and a donor partner that itself now provides aid to those in need. South Korea is a nation that has instinctively understood the only way to really predict the future is to create it.

It is this common spirit—anchored in shared values and mutual interests—that binds the United States and South Korea together in one of the strongest, most effective, most enduring alliances on the planet.

In the eight years since President Obama rebalanced our sights towards the Asia Pacific, the United States and Korea, together, have forged a high-standard free trade pact. We’ve modernized key defense agreements. We have expanded educational and exchange opportunities. And we have carried trilateral collaboration with Japan to new heights. In fact, just yesterday, I was in Tokyo with your Vice Minister Lim for our fifth deputy minister-level trilateral meetings with Japan in just the last two years.

Our discussions yesterday once again underscored the essential place of this trilateral partnership—our three countries together—in upholding a rules-based, norms-based, institutions-based international order dedicated to the progress of all nations. When you think about it, virtually every advantage we enjoy in our societies draws a direct line to this international order—from the goods we buy that flow freely across borders, to the public health systems we rely on to stop outbreaks from becoming epidemics, to the environmental protections we are counting on to preserve the planet we share.

Here in Seoul, we are reminded every day that this order—on which the very prosperity and stability of our societies depends—can never, ever be taken for granted.

As you all know, less than 60 kilometers away, a profoundly different, darker, and dangerous model persists—a relic from the past… of the social repression, command economy, and international isolation that once shrouded many countries frozen in the grips of the Cold War.

As much of the rest of the world has moved forward towards peace, toward reason, toward prosperity, toward dignity, North Korea’s regime has categorically refused to step out from the shadow of humankind’s past.

This is a regime that operates enormous political prison camps at home, denies its citizens nearly all basic rights, and imposes a system of surveillance and censorship so repressive it has no comparison in the modern age.

This is a regime run by a leader so reckless and inhumane that he prioritizes nuclear weapons and missiles over the well-being of the North Korean people.

This is the only regime in the world to test a nuclear weapon in the 21st century.

A regime that has accelerated both its missile and nuclear programs—conducting two nuclear and 24 missile tests this year alone, the most recent of which – a missile test – was just last week.

Against this threat, the United States is committed to protecting ourselves, defending our allies, meeting our treaty obligations, and providing extended deterrence, guaranteed by the full spectrum of U.S. defense capabilities.

We will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Period. Neither will China. Or Russia. Or Japan. Or the Republic of Korea. Neither will the international community.

We will continue—through diplomacy, deterrence, and pressure—to build a sustained, comprehensive, and relentless campaign that increases the costs on North Korea until it makes a strategic decision to return to serious talks on denuclearization and complies with its international obligations and commitments.

Until North Korea comes out of the dark and abides by the same rules that all the rest of us live by, its strategic position will continue to weaken, as its behavior only tightens and toughens our political and military resolve.

In the last several years, the United States and South Korea have updated the framework governing the transfer of wartime operational control of alliance forces, as well as the Special Measures Agreement through which the Republic of Korea helps support our air assets and troops that stand guard 24/7 on the Korean Peninsula. This time last year, I had the great honor of sharing a meal with Korean and American soldiers who serve side-by-side every day, standing sentry along the DMZ—literally the embodiment of our alliance.

After this year’s nuclear and missile tests, we decided together, as an alliance, to deploy the THAAD missile defense system to the Republic of Korea—the latest but not the last in a series of defensive measures we have taken over the past eight years to meet the evolving security threat from North Korea.

We have also modernized our alliance with Japan, another frequent target of North Korea’s threats. We’ve updated guidelines that hadn’t been revised in over 17 years—preparing us to work more closely together and engage in collective self-defense.

A few months ago, for the first time, South Korea, Japan, and the United States conducted a trilateral ballistic missile warning exercise. Practical trilateral defense coordination, focused on the dynamic threats that our three countries face, sends a powerful deterrent message and enhances the security of all three countries.

Simply put, as long as the threat persists, we will continue to strengthen our defenses and deterrent posture.

North Korea’s diplomatic position will also continue to weaken, as its behavior invites growing isolation and condemnation around the world.

Earlier this year, for the first time, the United States sanctioned Kim Jong-un and 14 other senior officials associated with the regime’s grave human rights abuses—abuses so egregious that a UN Commission of Inquiry noted they have “no parallel in the contemporary world.” Think about that. Abuses so egregious that they have no parallel in the contemporary world. Our action should make regime authorities—especially midlevel or low level officials, who may not be so protected—think twice about the consequences of their own choices in the coming years.

China and Russia—North Korea’s traditional guarantors—are tiring of defending the increasingly erratic and outlying regime. And old friends like Cuba and Iran are no longer willing to burn political capital on the North. In May, when North Korea celebrated a major party congress, it didn’t dare invite foreign leaders to avoid the embarrassment of those leaders no showing up. What international leader wants to be seen in Pyongyang today?

In contrast, the five nations most directly involved in working towards denuclearization—South Korea, Russia, China, Japan, and the United States—are working more closely than ever before in the face of this challenge.

And North Korea’s economic position will continue to weaken, as its choices prompt the international community to work together to choke off the revenue streams that sustain its increasingly dangerous and destabilizing weapons programs.

The DPRK cannot simultaneously achieve both the nuclear weapons and missiles its leader prioritizes over everything else and the economic development that its people so desperately want and so desperately need.

Just weeks ago, we saw Kim Jong Un happily observing a weapons test even as his people were deluged by horrific floods—suffering one of the worst disasters to hit the country in a generation. That’s the choice that he’s made.

In March 2016, UN Security Council Resolution 2270 imposed, for the first time, measures that target economic activities that support the Kim regime broadly, as opposed to just targeting revenue streams directly connected to the nuclear and missile programs. UNSCR 2270 includes unprecedented inspection and financial provisions, including mandatory inspections of cargo to and from North Korea, and a requirement to terminate banking relationships with North Korean financial institutions. Most importantly and significantly, it includes for the first time sectoral sanctions, eliminating or prohibit DPRK’s exports of key things like coal, gold, iron, titanium, rare earth materials, and also prohibits the import of aviation fuel and rocket fuel. This provision, if fully and effectively implemented, can have a very, very significant impact.

These sanctions—the toughest in history directed towards the North—are already impeding the regime’s ability to generate hard currency to buy-off elites, proliferate arms or nuclear material, attract international investment or economic assistance, or extract concessions and aid from the outside world.

As realization sets in that North Korea’s saber-rattling presents a growing and global threat, more and more countries are taking action. Taiwan has halted imports of North Korean coal; Malta ended its visa extensions for North Korean workers; Kuwait is stopping flights to Pyongyang; and Tanzania recently cracked down on DPRK vessels that were trying to hide from international sanctions by flying the Tanzanian flag.

Air Koryo’s landing privileges at foreign airports have been reduced, and North Korea’s UN-designated shipping line, Ocean Maritime Management Company, has essentially been shut down, as its ships are denied access to ports, scrapped, impounded, or confined to their homes.

These are real results, but despite them, we know that North Korea continues to pose particular challenges from a sanctions perspective, given its isolation, economic immaturity, and the pride it takes in an ideology of self-reliance above all.

Of course, you can’t talk about North Korea’s economy without talking about China, on which North Korea’s economy is heavily dependent.

China may believe its influence with the DPRK has waned. Perhaps so. But its leverage has not. Virtually all DPRK trade goes from, to, and through China. North Korea’s coal exports, mostly to China, generate over $1 billion a year in revenue for the regime annually and account for about a third of all its export income. Meanwhile, North Korea’s shipping lanes continue to limp along, despite the sanctions, and armies of enslaved workers keep the economy on life-support.

China is in a unique position to exert pressure and so, in our judgment, has a unique responsibility. Now, China understandably puts a premium on stability. That makes sense. But it also increasingly recognizes that North Korea is the greatest source of instability in the region.

We are closely engaged with Beijing at the highest levels to seek greater Chinese cooperation in imposing costs on North Korea and forcing Pyongyang to reconsider its dangerous nuclear ambitions. In fact, I will be in Beijing tomorrow to continue that conversation.

The objective is simple and straightforward. It is not to bring Kim Jong Un to his knees. It is to him back to the table for meaningful, credible talks on denuclearization. We stand ready at any time to engage in credible negotiations on denuclearization, but we have to see the same willingness from the DPRK and that willingness has been absolutely and totally absent.

Until then, we will continue to sharpen the choice for the DPRK, so that it understands, as much as it does not want to denuclearize, the alternative for the DPRK will be worse.

Although the challenges are manifest, we have seen similar, concerted campaigns, undergirded by international consensus, change the calculus in other countries, and there is no better example recently than Iran. That nation’s decision to freeze its nuclear program and allow international inspectors to come into the country created the time and space for us to work together on a comprehensive agreement that has now put far into the future even the possibility of an Iranian nuclear weapon.

The United States resolutely supports President Park’s vision for peaceful reunification—a unified peninsula free of nuclear weapons. This future, however, will not come to pass if more and more nations acquire nuclear weapons—triggering a regional arms race and only further escalating the risk of catastrophic nuclear war. We cannot allow the clock to turn back on Northeast Asia, playing directly into North Korea’s hands by taking false comfort in a weapon that only offers security to humankind by laying waste to it.

You know, if we were gathered in this classroom fifty or a hundred years ago, and we were talking together about what constitutes the wealth of a nation, we would probably be talking about things like the expanse of its land mass, the size of its population, the power of its military, the abundance of its natural resources.

And, of course, all those things still matter. And thankfully the United States and South Korea are blessed with many of them.

But I think we know, gathered here in the early years of the 21st century, the true wealth of a nation, the true strength of a nation is defined by its human resources and by the ability of a country to maximize their potential, to allow our citizens to build, to invent, to create, to excel. The success of the Republic of Korea powerfully reflects that reality.

We can confront grave challenges without, at the same time, allowing them to define us. The enduring strength of our nations is not simply our unity against common adversaries. It is our insatiable desire to see over the horizon and try together to pioneer new frontiers. That is why we are so proud to be your partner in advancing human progress.

Together, our leading scientists are opening fresh avenues for cancer and brain research, our global development agencies are teaming up to end hunger, our global health experts are stopping the spread of infectious diseases, our officials are shaping peacetime norms for the uncharted waters of cyberspace, and as we see here today, our students are studying together and coming up with game-changing new ideas to make our world a little bit safer, a little bit wealthier, a little bit wiser than before.

In short, from what I’ve seen working in government these past few years, our partnership has never been broader. It’s never been deeper. It’s never been stronger. It’s never been more diverse and creative than it is today, and right now, it is just waiting for you to help write its next chapter.

Thank you very much.

 

500+ Convene in Côte d’Ivoire for Focus on Sustainability at World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting

$12 Million in New Funding Announced for Farmer Support Programs; Call to Action on Regional Threat Posed by Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Last week, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), in collaboration with Le Conseil du Café-Cacao, convened its annual Partnership Meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s leading producer of cocoa. More than 500 representatives from the global chocolate and cocoa sector, including farmers, as well as international donor groups and civil society organizations and other key cocoa-producing countries such as Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana and Nigeria, gathered to address critical sustainability issues confronting the cocoa sector. Among the featured speakers were Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, First Lady Dominique Ouattara, and newly appointed WCF President Richard Scobey.

In remarks that opened the meeting, Prime Minister Duncan highlighted four key challenges to sustainability in the sector, namely improving cocoa productivity, mitigating the effects of climate change and fighting deforestation, improving farmers’ incomes and boosting value-added processing of cocoa before it leaves Ivorian shores.

According to Scobey, “It was very exciting to see the growing alignment and commitment among all of the actors in the cocoa supply chain on the issues, namely sustainable livelihoods, deforestation and empowerment of women and protection of children in cocoa-growing communities. On some issues, such as protection of children and women’s empowerment, we have a good understanding of what’s needed, whereas in other areas, such as deforestation and sustainable livelihoods, we need to do more work to understand better the context and then try different solutions.”

Ivorian First Lady Dominique Ouattara addressed head-on the issue of protecting children from illegal forms of work. She applauded industry efforts to build and provide materials to dozens of schools in cocoa-growing communities. She also announced plans by the Ivorian government to build more than 4,500 classrooms and 37 secondary schools in cocoa-growing areas, in addition to cross-border cooperation on the child labor issue with neighboring countries in West Africa.

In contrast to past years’ meetings, the discussions in Abidjan revealed a growing level of trust and commitment to work together among the different supply chain stakeholders. CocoaAction, industry’s voluntary sustainability strategy, was cited as a strong framework for accelerating cooperation between the chocolate and cocoa industry and governments, donors and others. Early results of CocoaAction, launched two years ago, were provided by more than a dozen speakers from farmer groups, certifying bodies, donors, civil society, governments and industry. In conjunction with the discussions, WCF released its first-ever CocoaAction annual report, which covers the strategy’s progress through 2015. A second report will be released in 2017.

During the Partnership Meeting, WCF and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Feed the Future program announced African Cocoa Initiative II, a five-year, $12 million effort to increase production of quality cocoa planting materials and provide services to cocoa farmers in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. WCF also convened regional cocoa research scientists and government cocoa regulatory agencies to address the growing impact of Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV), a disease fatal to cocoa trees that was first detected in Ghana in the 1930s and now threatens the crop across the West African region. Participants broadly agreed that a regional action plan is urgently needed to control the spread of CSSV.

Scobey said of the week’s discussions, “There was a strong endorsement of a shared vision for an inclusive cocoa future, where the focus is on sustainable livelihoods for farmers, a better-protected planet, and prosperous businesses, from the farm level through to the chocolate maker, that create jobs and value.” The meeting underscored the importance of innovation, and showcased a number of new products, services and technologies that support transformation of the cocoa supply chain. WCF also announced specific commitments to deepen partnership with civil society organizations, international financial organizations and cocoa producing countries’ governments.

To learn more about World Cocoa Foundation, please visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org.

About World Cocoa Foundation
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector. WCF provides cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and socially and economically strengthen their communities. WCF’s members include cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market. WCF’s programs benefit farmers and their communities in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Home Secretary to announce decision on Orgreave inquiry

The Home Secretary is expected to announce today whether the Government will pursue an inquiry into the notorious clash between police and miners at Orgreave.

Amber Rudd is understood to have told campaigners that she will decide by the end of the month whether to launch a probe into the conduct of South Yorkshire Police during the violent encounter in 1984.

Amber Rudd. Picture by PA.

Amber Rudd. Picture by PA.

Her decision comes after the Hillsborough victims urged the secretary of state on Sunday not to limit an inquiry to a private review, instead committing to an open, panel-style hearing.
The so-called Battle at Orgreave became one of the most infamous showdowns between pickets and police during the miners’ strike.

It is alleged by campaigners that police action on the day was excessively heavy handed and statements were manufactured to discredit those involved.

Momentum for an Orgreave inquiry has escalated since the conclusion of the two-year Hillsborough inquests, which provided a scathing assessment of the under-fire police force’s behaviour.

Barbara Jackson, secretary of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, said at the weekend: “We trust that Amber Rudd will announce the only right decision, namely that there must be an inquiry into what happened at Orgreave and after it. These events are too serious to let them lie.

Orgreave. Picture by PA.

Orgreave. Picture by PA.

“However we have real concerns about what sort of inquiry the Home Secretary will establish: history is littered with examples of inquiries that have disappointed, such as the ‘establishment-led’ Stuart-Smith Scrutiny into Hillsborough, which completely failed to get to the truth, and we are keen to ensure that the Home Secretary does not make similar mistakes over Orgreave”.

A review in 1998 into the Hillsborough disaster carried out by Lord Justice Stuart-Smith was said to have stalled the families’ pursuit of the truth after he concluded new inquests were not warranted.

The relatives of those who died in the footballing tragedy said electing a single judge to review the case behind closed doors would be inadequate.

Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Margaret Aspinall said: “A judicial security approach would be completely unacceptable as history shows in our case that it only served to lengthen the cover-up.”

Labour MP Andy Burnham, who championed both the causes of the Hillsborough families and the miners of Orgreave, said: “There are rumours that the Government is about to offer a narrow judicial scrutiny along the same lines as that which was offered to the Hillsborough families in 1998.

“If this is true, I will make it clear to the Home Secretary in the Commons on Monday that this is unacceptable. In the case of Hillsborough, it only served to lengthen the cover-up by a further decade. If the Government is looking at a broader inquiry, it is essential that the Orgreave campaign are consulted about the membership of the panel and its terms of reference.”