‘Hypocrite’ Arthur Scargill buys flat on Thatcher's Right To Buy plan
FORMER miners’ leader Arthur Scargill tried to buy his council flat using Margaret Thatcher’s Right To Buy law, it was claimed yesterday.
By: Macer Hall
Arthur Scargill tried to buy his council flat using Thatcher s Right to Buy law Arthur Scargill tried to buy his council flat using Thatcher's Right to Buy law [EXPRESS]
The one-time NUM president, now 74, was accused of hypocrisy after trying to use rules introduced by his greatest foe to buy the £1.5million apartment at the Barbican in London in 1993.
A BBC investigation claims his attempt was foiled last year after the NUM – which had paid for him to live there since 1982 – took legal action to end the arrangement.
Legal documents obtained by the BBC’s Inside Out programme uncovered the attempt.
Scargill famously led the 1984 miners’ strike against Mrs Thatcher’s policy of pit closures.
Former miner Jimmy Kelly said: “It’s so hypocritical it’s unreal.”