The Miners' strike

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1984-85 miners' strike lasted 51 weeks, but the government was too powerful.

The miners went on strike in 1974, while the conservative parties were in power. It led to fuel stopping and the government wee forced to give in, weakening them and they were defeated in the election. Margaret Thatcher and the conservatives were elected again in 1979, they believed the miners were responsible for their failure and passed laws reducing their power and didn't want them to win again. 

The closure of 20 pits and the loss of 20000 jobs meant that the NUM began a national strike, with no vote. The leader of the NUM was Arthur


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