Mining memories: Ex MP Joe Ashton says end of industry will go down in history

1992 NACODS Rally in London agaiinst the pit closure programme
Bassetlaw MP Joe Ashton

1992 NACODS Rally in London agaiinst the pit closure programme Bassetlaw MP Joe Ashton

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“Nobody wanted any pit to shut,” says former Bassetlaw MP Joe Ashton. “Manton was a good pit producing a lot of coal. But Mrs Thatcher was determined to close it.”

The Labour politician, now 80, served the district for over three decades with his ‘no-nonsense’ politics.

He battled for the miners during their 1984 strike and fought against the then Government’s decision to close Manton Colliery in 1994.

 

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