Fifteen men were arrested this morning at the Deerness open cast site near Tow Law in Durham, including Bob Clay, the Labour MP for Sunderland North. I was told that he was arrested when trying to rescue a picket being savagely kicked by the riot police, or SPG as they are known. Hundreds of pickets marched to the police station where they were being held to protest. Mass pickets are now to be held there every day in an attempt to stop the scab lorries from moving coal because every nut moved is a threat to the strike. I want to go but have been told that because I am a good talker my fund raising is just as important. I’m not convinced but will continue for the time being.