Chester’s MP, Stephen Mosley, has spoken in the House of Commons to welcome the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report into the 1989 disaster.
The Panel, appointed by government in January 2010 to ensure the maximum possible disclosure of documents relating to the disaster, has today concluded its investigation.
Following publication of the document to the families of those who died in the disaster, Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement in the House of Commons, offering an unreserved apology to the families of the Hillsborough victims.
The Prime Minister said:
“The new evidence that we’re presented with today makes clear in my view that these families have suffered a double injustice: the injustice of the appalling events, the failure of the state to protect their loved ones, and the indefensible wait to get the truth, and then the injustice of the denigration of the deceased – that they were somehow at fault for their own deaths.
“So on behalf of the government, and indeed our country, I am profoundly sorry that this double injustice has been left uncorrected for so long.”
Local MP, Mr Mosley, who hosted a debate in Parliament earlier this year on behalf of Chester resident, Anne Williams, whose son Kevin died at Hillsborough, asked the Prime Minister:
“I thank the Prime Minister for his Statement, which will be welcomed not just on Merseyside but across the whole country.
“My Right Honourable Friend is aware of the case of my constituent Mrs Anne Williams whose 15 year old son, Kevin, died on that awful day in April 1989 and her 23 year battle to find out the truth behind her son’s death and in particular to overturn the original inquest’s 3:15 cut off time.
“She has had several requests to the Attorney General turned down and been as far as the European Court of Human Rights in the past, now that the Independent Panel’s Report has been published, would he encourage the Attorney General to look favourably into ordering a new inquest into Kevin’s death?”
The Prime Minister responded:
“First of all can I offer my condolences again to Mrs Williams and to all of the families affected by Kevin’s tragic death.
“His death was one of the many that was originally dealt with in this single inquest, and as I have said, now that this report has come out, the opportunity is there for the Attorney General to study the evidence and to make that recommendation to the High Court that I know so many, like Mrs Williams, want to see”
Following the exchange in the House of Commons, Mr Mosley said:
“Today is a crucial day for all of those who were so sadly affected by the events at Hillsborough and who have embarked on a 23 year struggle to discover the truth about what happened to their loved ones.
“My thoughts are with all of the survivors of the disaster and the families of those who were tragically lost. I hope that today signals the beginning of the final chapter of their search for justice.”