Confrontation: Owen Smith is confronted by John Dunn.

Confrontation: Owen Smith is confronted by John Dunn.

It seems Owen Smith made a(nother) miscalculation, basing his big policy speech at Orgreave, site of confrontation between striking miners and the police in 1984 – because he ran into a confrontation of his own.
As he left the venue, having outlined his 20 policies (13 of which were either directly lifted from his opponent Jeremy Corbyn or were at least partly inspired by him), he was confronted by a former miner.
John Dunn, a Labour Party member for 45 years, said Owen Smith was “shamelessly exploiting” what had happened at Orgreave for his own political ends.
Photos of the incident (such as the image above) show him proudly wearing a t-shirt demanding justice for the miners caught up in the dispute with police there more than 30 years ago.
Mr Dunn described the moment on his Facebook page:

Just back from running Owen Smith out of S Yorks.

So sick of him trying to shamelessly exploit our struggle that I felt compelled to dash off to Orgreave to politely (yes I can do polite!),and, as a striking miner, ask him to stop such shameless opportunism. He tried to tell me about his background in S. Wales so I replied that whilst he was making pharmaceutical companies rich we were struggling for justice and told him that it was disgusting that he would have such shame as to tarnish the defining moment in our strike, and if he was so committed to the Orgreave issue why had he not signed Ian Lavery’s early day motion, to which I got no response whatsoever.

I added that his actions in the PLP coup were no different to the UDM scabs who undermined our strike. He scuttled into his car, wound the window up and wouldn’t speak to me anymore.

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