Socialist Worker

Jail supports miners

Issue No. 1

The heroic struggle of the miners has been a source of inspiration to many and has led to hundreds of thousands of pounds being collected. But the most moving story of the strike must be that of the self-sacrifice shown by one unlikely group of supporters – prisoners serving life sentences in a Portsmouth jail. 

Despite the many obstacles and conditions placed in their way by prison authorities, some prisoners responded to an advert they saw in the Guardian and decided to raise funds to help the Corton Wood Women’s Action Group to throw a Christmas party for striking miners’ children.

The prisoners’ weekly earnings for prison work are a disgraceful amount – somewhere between £3 and £4 per week – yet the 49 prisoners who agreed to give contributed the staggering figure of £89.40.

(2 February, 1985)


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