Arthur Scargill


Arthur Scargill was born in Worsbrough, England, United Kingdom on January 11th, 1938 and is the Politician. At the age of 86, Arthur Scargill biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 11, 1938
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Worsbrough, England, United Kingdom
86 years old
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Politician, Trade Unionist
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Arthur Scargill Life

Arthur Scargill (born 11 January 1938) is a British trade unionist.

From 1982 to 2002, he served as President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

He joined the NUM in 1957 at the age of nineteen and became one of the country's top activists in the late 1960s.

He led an unofficial strike in 1969 and played a key coordinating role in the 1972 and 1974 strikes, the latter of which contributed to Edward Heath's demise.

Marxist, he led the union through the 1984-85 miners' strike, which was a major event in the British labour movement's history.

It erupted into a tense confrontation with Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, in which the miners' union was broken.

He is now the party leader of the Socialist Labour Party (SLP), which he founded in 1996.

Early life

Scargill was born in Worsbrough Dale, Yorkshire, West Riding of Yorkshire. Harold's father, a miner and a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, served as a miner and a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Alice (née Pickering) Pickering's mother, Alice, was a skilled cook. He did not take the Eleven-Plus exam and went to Worsbrough Dale School (now known as the Elmhirst School) in Worsbrough, Surrey. At fifteen years old, he went back to Woolley Colliery to work as a coal miner. He was a librarian for nine years.

The first political and trade unions were active in the early 1980s.

Scargill recalled how after being a miner, the poor working conditions, and "people who shouldn't have been working, being forced to work to live"... on the first day, I promised myself that I would try to change things. He joined the Young Communist League in 1955, becoming its Yorkshire District Chair in 1956 and then a member of the National Executive Committee shortly after. He was elected NUM Yorkshire Area Youth Delegate in 1957 and attended the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow as a representative of the Yorkshire miners. In 1958, he attended the World Federation of Trade Unions youth congress in Prague. Scargill, a 1975 interview, wrote: "Italian review of New Left Review.

Scargill was elected a member of the Woolley NUM Branch Committee in 1961. Scargill was a member of the Labour Party in 1962. He regularly attended Workers' Educational Association (WEA) classes and Co-operative Party educational programs, and in 1962, he began a three-year, part-time course at the University of Leeds, where he researched economics, industrial relations, and socioeconomic history. Branch Delegate from Woolley was elected to the Yorkshire NUM Area Council in 1965 and was elected as a member of the Yorkshire NUM Area Executive Committee in 1969. Despite the fact that he never lived in Barrow Colliery in his home village, he was involved in the branch's politics, where the majority was more left-wing than in the conservative Woolley Colliery. He was elected a member of the Cooperative Retail Services in Barnsley's regional committee and a delegate to its national conference in 1970. At Cooperative congresses, he also represented Barnsley Cooperative.

Scargill opposed civilian nuclear power and, during the first Wilson administration, became highly critical of the government's energy policy. Scargill said after a Labour Party conference address on energy policy by Richard Marsh in July 1967, Scargill said:

Scargill joined the Yorkshire Left, a group of left-wing activists active in Yorkshire's NUM's Yorkshire region, the country's largest region. He was instrumental in the miners' strike of 1972 and was involved in the mass picket at Saltley Gate in Birmingham.


I used to work for British Rail, so I can tell you how awful it was... Don't let anyone pretend nationalisation is some kind of panacea, writes ROSS CLARK, April 25, 2024
ROSS CLARK: Labour's plan to take rail franchises back into public hands might be popular with younger voters - but far less so among those of us who remember British Rail. I was not just a passenger on its slow, dirty services in the 1980s - for a couple of years I was employed as an engineer in BR's research department in Derby. When I arrived in 1985, the famous tilting Advanced Passenger Train - the very reason the research department was set up in the first place - was sitting out in the sidings waiting to be scrapped. The project had been held up for years by militant trade unions who insisted that any train travelling over 100 mph should have two drivers. When it was finally introduced on the West Coast Mainline in December 1981, passengers complained of motion sickness.

The Battle of Orgreave - One copper cracked his truncheon in half over a miner's head. The Queen was shocked and feared this 40 years ago, March 14, 2024
The National Coal Board declared in March 1984 that 20 uneconomic mines would be closed, resulting in the loss of 20,000 jobs. The miners at Cortonwood colliery in Yorkshire walked out in displeasure, and strikes soon sprung around the nation. The strike had erupted into a bitter contest between families and communities by June. "We are in a horrible and tragic mess," a Lancashire miners leader said. To figure it out, you'd need Jesus Christ.' Arthur Scargill, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president, called for a mass picket of the Orgreave Coking Works near Sheffield on June 17. The so-called Battle of Orgreave would be the most intense conflict of the war and one day that both police and miners will never forget.

Villages were turned to battlefields, makeshift soup kitchens, and police clashes: Miners' Strike is a brutal reminder of the tragic history of the Miners' Strike, 40 years after the long fight over pit closures led to brutality, March 6, 2024
As Arthur Scargill's National Union of Mineworkers defeated Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, workers walked out. Pitworkers at Cortonwood Colliery, South Yorkshire, became the first to strike after it was scheduled for closure, sparking mass walkouts. Following the loss of 20,000 jobs, the National Coal Board announced that a total of 20 pits would close. Now, dramatic black and white photographs from local newspaper Doncaster Free Press archives have been added to the website. The photographs give a glimpse of the daily grind with miners going head to head with police. One photograph depicts miners being corralled by horseback (left); another depicts the aftermath of the massacre in Armthorpe (bottom right), while in a third image, women are seen collecting food for the men going without pay.