Labour party chairman Ian Lavery is facing a backlash after slamming Tory ...

Labour party chairman Ian Lavery is facing a backlash after slamming Tory treatment of miners Ian Lavery in Labour video accusing Tories of 'stealing the miners' pension fund'  But he faced questions about how he benefited at NUM branch before he was MP 2017 report showed he was lent £72,500 by NUM benevolent fund to buy house It added Mr Lavery and his wife kept £18,000 from an endowment policy on it

By John Stevens Deputy Political Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:34 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 08:50 GMT, 3 December 2019

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The chairman of the Labour Party risked accusations of hypocrisy last night as he attacked the Conservatives over their treatment of the miners.

Ian Lavery, a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, featured in a campaign video by Labour that accused the Tories of 'stealing the miners' pension fund'.

The social media video criticised how, when the coal industry was privatised in 1994, it was agreed that if there was surplus in the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme it would be shared between its members and the government.

Ian Lavery (centre), a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, featured in a campaign video by Labour that accused the Tories of 'stealing the miners' pension fund'

Ian Lavery (centre), a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, featured in a campaign video by Labour that accused the Tories of 'stealing the miners'

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