Court battle for ex NUM leader Arthur Scargill

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FORMER NUM boss Arthur Scargill has been taken to court by his old union after a row over who should pay for his London apartment.

The National Union of Mineworkers wants the High Court to decide whether it is obliged to meet the costs of Mr Scargill’s flat in the Barbican.

Mr Scargill, aged 74, who was the NUM’s president for 20 years until 2002, has occupied the Barbican apartment, rented from the Corporation of London, since June 1982.

The rent and associated expenses were paid by the union until 2011, except between 1985 and 1991 when Mr Scargill met them out of his own pocket.

Nicholas Davidson QC told Mr Justice Underhill the court must decide whether the union was obliged to meet the flat costs for the rest of Mr Scargill’s life, whether his fuel allowance for his house in Barnsley had a limit, and whether the union was obliged to pay the cost of his security system there and the preparation of his annual tax return.

The court will look at documents dating back 30 years and the hearing is due to last a week.

Mr Scargill’s barrister Timothy Pitt-Payne QC argued he is entitled to the retirement benefits under the terms of his various contracts of employment with the NUM.