ANGER at the portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the The Iron Lady, is being voiced by protestors outside Chesterfield’s first showing of the film.
Dozens of former coal workers and their wives and children were joined by council leaders outside Cineworld, on Derby Road, in a protest staged by Women’s Action Groups against the film’s favourable representation of the former Conservative Prime Minister.
Former National Union of Miners (NUM) worker, Hilary Cave, was at the protest. She said: “We are against the portrayal of her as a brave lone woman struggling against a male establishment, suggesting she is a feminist icon. That’s entirely untrue. She’s despised – I think that is the best word – up and down the three countries [England, Scotland and Wales] in coalfield areas because of the way in which she had her government finish the mining industry.”
Cllr Graham Baxter, leader of NE Derbyshire District Council, added: “These are the real iron ladies. They are the women that want to be recognised, not a woman who set out to destroy our communities.”
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By Ellie Hunter