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Left-wing militant wins key British union post

Coal miners may be headed for a showdown with the British government over pay after a left-wing militant, Arthur Scargill, was overwhelmingly elected leader of Britain's 240,000 coal miners.

Mr. Scargill won 70 percent of the vote to become president of the National Union of Mineworkers.

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His runaway victory as president of the union, one of the most powerful labor posts in Britain, may disquiet the ruling Conservative Party of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.