From 1973 to 1981 Arthur Scargill was the President of the National Union of Mineworkers. In 1974 he was instrumental in bringing down the Edward Heath government. He was regarded as a God by his followers, but portrayed as the devil by his enermies.
At the height of his power he carried a lot of political weight and regarded as a danger by many prominent people. During 1984/85 he organised the Miner's Strike, which ultimately led to a confrontation with Margaret Thatcher, who like Scargill was determined to win the battle. As it turned out Thatcher came out the victor and Scargill was never again the force he was prior to strike. He stepped down as leader of the union in 2002 to be become Honorary President. In 1996 he founded the Socialist Labour Party and remains a member to this day, but has never really made the impact he once achieved.