Tory MPs told to get police GUARDS if they go to lefty miners' gala

‘I’d rather be found dead in a ditch than invite them’: Durham miners warn new northern Tory MPs they will need police PROTECTION if they attend annual gala

  • Alan Mardghum said there was ‘categorically no chance’ he’d invite them
  • Told the BBC the Tories ‘did their best to absolutely destroy the Durham miners’
  • New Bishop Aukland Tory MP Dehenna Davison tweeted: ‘See you there Alan’

Tory MPs who took a swathe of traditional Labour seats across the North of England  in December were warned today they would need police protection if they dared to attend a traditional miners event. 

Alan Mardghum, a former pitworker who now runs the annual Durham Miners’ Gala, said he would ‘rather be found dead in a ditch than invite them’ to the July event.

The gala, which sees thousands of people takes to the streets of the historic city, has strong socialist link, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn the guest of honour in recent years.

Mr Mardghum said there was ‘categorically no chance’ he would invite Tories who won long-term Labour seats including North West Durham, which Richard Holden took from Labour’s Laura Pidcock.

The Tories are largely reviled in mining communities because of Margaret Thatcher’s suppression of the Miners’ Strike  – led by National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) boss Arthur Scargill – in 1984. 

But they took a number of so-called Red Wall Labour seats as Jeremy Corbyn’s party collapsed in the December 12 election, hnding Boris Johnson an 80-seat majority. 

‘To paraphrase (Boris) Johnson, I’d rather be found dead in a ditch than invite them or Johnson to the gala,’ Mr Mardghum told the BBC’s Look North. 

Alan Mardghum, a former pitworker who now runs the annual Durham Miners’ Gala, said he would ‘rather be found dead in a ditch than invite them’ to the July event

Beginning in 1871, the gala is the biggest trade union event in Europe and is part of an annual celebration of socialism

In response, new Bishop Aukland Tory MP Dehenna Davison tweeted: ‘See you there Alan’

‘We never saw Arthur Scargill invited to the Tory Party Conference, why would we invite Tories to the miners’ gala? 

‘They did their best to absolutely destroy the Durham miners and the miners of Great Britain.

‘Can I stop them coming to Durham? It’s a free country, but I would suggest if any of them are thinking of coming … they might need to speak to the police to make sure they are safe on the day.’

In response, new Bishop Aukland Tory MP Dehenna Davison tweeted: ‘See you there Alan.’ 

And new Ashfield MP, former miner Lee Anderson, added: ‘As an ex miner and a Conservative MP I would be glad to join you my friend.’ 

Beginning in 1871, the gala is the biggest trade union event in Europe and is part of an annual celebration of socialism. 

 Last year’s event marked the 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners Association, with around 200,000 people attending to see traditional colliery brass bands march through the city.

The Labour leader, pictured with his wife Laura Alvarez, will get to watch traditional colliery brass bands marching through the city below

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