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MPs are demanding a new settlement for the miners’ pension fund [Image: Getty].


We can all tell the 1990s deal was written by a Conservative government, can’t we?

Of course it’s scandalous that the government is taking so much from miners’ pension pot – and you can bet ministers will claim the state needs the money.

Meanwhile the government has plans to cut Corporation Tax and higher-rate Income Tax – and you can bet ministers will claim that the state doesn’t need the money.

Because, you see, the state only needs poor people’s money.

Sickening. The Tories brutalised the miners in the 1980s and they’ve been doing it ever since. Let’s get a better deal.

MPs will tomorrow call on Business Secretary Greg Clark to give former miners a fair share of their pension fund .

Mr Clark will asked to end the “scandal” that has seen the Government receive nearly £3.4billion from the Mineworkers’ pension scheme.

Under an arrangement struck when British Coal was privatised in the 1990s any surplus in the fund is split 50-50 between the scheme’s members and the government.

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