An independent review into the impact of policing during the miners’ strike in the 1980s is to be carried out in Scotland.Michael Matheson, the Justice Minister, announced the move in Holyrood, telling MSPs the Scottish Government would “do what it can to do right by those affected by the dispute”.The UK Government has already ruled out an inquiry into the violent confrontations between police and striking miners in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, in 1984.In Scotland, the flash points included picket lines at the former Ravenscraig steel works in Lanarkshire, and Bilston Glen pit south of Edinburgh.The inquiry will led by John Scott QC and will make its recommendations by June next year.Mr Matheson said doing nothing was not an option and urged Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary, to follow suit. He added: “The convictions of nearly 500 Scottish miners devastated not only their lives, but those of their families too while also scarring pit communities until this day. This review must establish if these arrests and convictions were unjust and politically motivated.”The miners’ strike, which lasted from 1984 to 1985, took place after Mrs Thatcher announced plans to close a number of pits that were deemed “inefficient”.Mr Matheson said he understood the “great disappointment” when former home secretary Amber Rudd ruled out an inquiry into events at the so-called “Battle of Orgreave”.Labour’s Neil Findlay said the move was “a huge breakthrough in the fight for justice”, adding: “Scottish miners suffered disproportionately from the impact. Many of these workers lost not just their jobs and income, but their relationships, their homes and many their mental and physical health. Huge police presence at OrgreaveCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He added: “Through this independent review, Scotland will certainly lead the way in ensuring that the experiences of those affected by the dispute in the 1980s are properly recognised.”Some of our communities have been blighted by the shadow of that time for too long.”Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, welcomed the review and called on the UK Government launch an inquiry into “brutal clashes between police and miners during the strike”. An injured Arthur Scargill, the former miners’ leader, at Orgreave in 1984Credit:PA “Some were blacklisted and others went to their graves the victims of a miscarriage of justice with a criminal conviction against their name when the reality was they had done nothing wrong.”Liam Kerr, the Conservative justice spokesman, said it was important to learn the lessons of the past, but also called for reassurance for police officers.The review team will include the former independent MSP Dennis Canavan, former assistant chief constable Kate Thomson, and Jim Murdoch, professor of public law at Glasgow University.